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Generating Ideas

I have to admit that I absolutely stole the idea for this blog post after reading a post on Sophie Littlefield’s Blog about her “secret” plot lunches with fellow authors. She’s right. This is a question we writers get often. Where do you get your ideas?

Ideas, for me, come from everywhere. People I meet, things I read in the news, stuff I hear from friends. I usually discuss my plots with my husband over dinner. I don’t have some secret writing cabal I belong to (::heavy sigh::). Though I’d love to join or create one.  😉

Seriously though – my husband is an awesome person to discuss plots with. He can often take my plot and throw something interesting or unique into the mix. For example, in Outer Darkness it was his idea that Chloe Brigid was just a wealthy socialite whose daddy was the head of a printer cartridge empire. Initially she was a young starlet.  He was also my inspiration for the forthcoming erotic horror shorts.

Sometimes all someone has to do is say something unique and interesting and my brain will mull it over and generate a story that has very little to do with what was originally said.  It is what it is, I guess. My overactive imagination could find spaceships in a tow truck and magi at NASCAR.  I can look at a blade of grass and it might remind me of a farm wherein lives a woman who has a dark secret. She looks like your typical farmer. Acts like it, too. Goes and gets hay every few weeks. Goes into town to shop for normal stuff. It’s just that she’s not really just raising cattle. Well she is, but the reason she’s doing it is because she’s running genetic experiments for an alien government.

No – really – this is how my brain works.

So on that note – hope you’re having a great Monday! Enjoy your night and thanks for reading! 🙂


Steph is an award winning and bestselling author of thrilling steamy and paranormal romances, dark urban fantasy, occult horror-thrillers, cozy mysteries, contemporary romance, sword and sorcery fantasy, and books about the esoteric and Daemonolatry. A Daemonolatress and forever a resident of Smelt Isle, she is happily married and cat-mom to three pampered house cats. Her muse is a demanding sadistic Dom who often keeps her up into the wee hours of the morning. You can contact her at

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