INSPIRE ME: FINDING INSPIRATION TO WRITE
I’ve been asked “What was your inspiration to writing Finding Paradise?” and honestly, it takes me a few seconds to answer that. Not because I don’t know, but because I’ve had inspiration for Finding Paradise come at me from all different angles of my life and it’s hard to pinpoint just a few of those. I fell in love with the island of Oahu, Hawaii when my husband and I eloped in Honolulu ten years ago and rekindled that love for Hawaii a few years ago when we vacationed in Oahu with our family. But I can’t say that’s the only inspiration. My husband inspires the romantic element of Gage Madden (yes, ladies, dreamy men like Gage do exist because I married one!). The twists and turns of Finding Paradise were inspired by real life events of people that I know and don’t know. Finally, my inspiration for taking the chance and writing my first novel came from current or previously self-published authors that I adore, such as Tarryn Fisher, Colleen Hoover, and Molly McAdams.
See why I can’t answer that question in a simple manner?
Inspiration comes from everywhere. You might be walking down the street, breathing in the fresh winter air, when suddenly the grandest idea for a novel hits you square in the face (figuratively, I hope). Or maybe you base your main antagonist on a coworker’s devious personality. And perhaps your best friend urges you to go ahead and try your hand at writing that crazy idea for a book that you can’t stop talking about. The point is, there is no cut and dry place to find inspiration because writers draw their inspiration from a multitude of places and people. Never toss an idea aside because it seems like an odd place to gain inspiration or because you’re embarrassed about it. Whatever or whoever inspires you to write, use that to your full advantage!
My inspiration for my next novel, Damaged Property (to be released this spring), came during a road trip to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta with my best friend last fall. I had been looking for an idea for a new novel. I knew the general story line, but I wasn’t sure how to execute it. Then, as we were driving to the balloon festival, I was inspired – by the Albuquerque Police. Every officer we passed performing traffic control along the road to the fairgrounds seemed to get sexier and sexier as we passed by (there must be something in the New Mexico water or something!). As I wiped away the drool from my chin, I knew the love interest in my story HAD to be an Albuquerque police officer. From there, on the drive back home a few days later, I brainstormed plot of Damaged Property with my best friend on an old, tiny notepad that we found in his car. From there, Damaged Property was born and it’s a story that is both sexy and intense. Had I not been open-minded to finding my writing inspiration in the strangest places, I might never have found the perfect plot for my next novel.
I have many more tips and anecdotes about writing and self-publishing my first novel on my website, www.vportiz.com/confessions. Confessions of a New Author is a blog series of my adventures in writing that I hope can calm some fears and maybe even inspire some aspiring writers to take the next step and publish their novels. I will be posting more content on the blog after Damaged Property is published this spring.
Publication date: September 24th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Mila Quinn is ready to finally move out of the college dorms into an apartment with her longtime boyfriend, Ethan Lowe. But when Ethan reveals a big secret, her world is suddenly turned upside down, stirring up old memories of love and loss. Completely torn apart, she boards a plane to Hawaii to escape for the summer.
Even though Mila wants to spend her time in paradise in isolation, fate has other plans when it drops sexy local Gage Madden in her lap. Hesitant at first, she agrees to let him take the reins on her island exploration. As Mila discovers the wonders of Oahu with Gage, it becomes harder for her to fight the budding attraction between them.
But behind the curtain of island adventures and undeniable chemistry, trouble is brewing where Mila least expects it. Secrets begin to bubble to the surface that could destroy her all over again. Will Mila find her paradise? Or will she leave Hawaii with another broken heart?
V.P. Ortiz lives, works, and breathes in sunny/snowy/beautiful Colorado with her loving husband, their two beautiful children, and their three fat cats. While her home may be in the Rocky Mountains, she left her heart somewhere on the island of Oahu, where she plans to retire someday in a tiny house with an avocado tree and free-range chickens. Besides reading any book in sight, her hobbies also include eating, dancing, lip syncing, and occasionally running until her husband has to pick her up eight miles away because she got lost and has a leg cramp.
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