I'm thrilled to announce the kickoff of the March Author Series about story beginnings. All this month, you'll hear straight from the authors about how they are inspired, how they plan, and how they develop routines to keep their writer muscles in good shape. Please come leave comments and show these authors some love. First up is Leanore Elliott, who is lucky enough to have her very own muse on tap...
THE WICKED MUSE
Mysti had a wonderful idea to have a blog-spot about what gets us to write or how we write. My story within the story is highly unusual and it was exciting when I realized it.
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I had a long saga, which I wrote on for years, and it finally was published in 2010. I carried that story around to 20 states for 10 years in an old tattered backpack. It became The Soul Trilogy published by Silver Publishing. The story did in fact come to me in dreams.
Later, I sat down to write my new series. The Beasts. I had an idea for a Cop/Psychic story and together they chase Serial killers. Great idea, right?
Well, the story took a total turn on me at chapter two. I went WHOA, wait up!
It became a human-gargoyle story and took off like a shot of light. I couldn't type fast enough. I finished three full novels in 9 weeks time. I went through two keyboards too. I called it my Erotic Epiphany.
While editing them, I realized that I had come up with almost a new supernatural race and a completely new world in the Paranormal genre. I did some research and was stunned to find a lot of things I wrote followed ancient legends already in existence. One was the name of the main character Lycian. I found in turkey there was a 100 mile path called The Lycian Way, where in the old days, if you walked it at night, you would be plucked up by Gargoyles never to be seen again. I picked the very name for my character that belonged to that path!
Well, beta readers and reviewers were asking where do you get these fantastic tales? They are so fresh and so unique not like anything they have ever read.
I began to get a spooky feeling, like maybe I could not have come up with such great stuff!
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Next, I set down for my third series and came up with Nowhere, Arizona Published by Knight Romance Publishing.
Again, I had this idea about an Indian Ghost Warrior, because I actually lived at one time down the road from that very place. (A town named Nothing) I began to write and AGAIN? The story took off on its own! It became this magnificent tale of the Sunset Warrior. Sexy hot and erotic. I went and researched I found the very man, I had thought I invented, derived from a Legend that actually existed in the Hualapai Indian Tribe. His name was Anzai. My character's Indian name was Ananza!
I also noticed within other stories, elements which I previously knew nothing about.
With one story, a reviewer said it showed such in depth research. I was like…Um— no. LOL
Finally, I realized I had a real boneified Whisperer of stories. A real live Muse and she's channeling stories through me! I run to catch up as it spins and always feel the fear that I may miss something as if I am a court stenographer typing down what everyone is saying.
My own imprint is now named Wicked Muse Publishing.
I dropped my own legal first name from my titles and gave her the name of Leanore Elliott. She wanted that name and feels as if she were the ever-elusive Lenore from Edgar Allen Poe's "Quote The Raven."
And for all I know? SHE IS!
I have Eleven Books out under the name of Leanore Elliott. Believe me when I say, her Tales are truly Magic.
Bonnie Lea (Leanore) Elliott writes from her desk in a home overflowing with family and warmth. Her path to authorhood has been a long one. However, she has just recently seen the light with some great sales and recognition for her books. One of her works just recently won The PRG Reviewers Choice Award of 2011.
Happily married for many years to her first love, she has been lucky enough to have a busy rewarding life filled with kids and wonderful memories. She and her author husband have lived all over the US and have moved at least 150 times. Originally from Palm springs California, she now lives in the Hill country in Texas.