I know, I know—Small Town Unwound isn’t available in the Kindle store at the moment. It’s being shuffled through hands in various places. I’m not sure what will come from it, but keep your fingers crossed that Miss Delta Grayson will be able to catch attention from the likes of the head honchos.
For those of you who enjoyed the first book in the series, I’m currently swamped with the second one. Lord willing, and the creek doesn’t drown my ass—Downtown Derailed will be ready for release by the new year. I don’t want to give much away, but any questions left unanswered are revealed, and Delta is hit with a whole new set of challenges. I know there are some Jackie Dawson fans out there, and let me emphasize that you won’t be disappointed. I’ve got a fresh handle on Colts, Cadillacs & Consequences. Not to mention a new writing endeavor that is different from anything I’ve ever done. All these things are in the works, and I’ll keep you updated on any short stories being published. Subscribe to the blog, all you have to do is enter your e-mail address over on the right corner of the page.
Now, on to a question I get asked that I’m not really sure how to answer.
Where do you get your ideas?
My advice and honest answer—life. Ideas come from every outlet imaginable. Taxidermy: Death Times Two came from a random conversation I was having with a friend. I had an old, grouchy yellow Lab that would let me get robbed blind, but would bark at absolutely nothing for the sheer hell of it. My friend looked at me and said, “When Honey dies she’s still gonna bark and drive you crazy.” To this day, I don’t know why I associated stuffed animals coming back to reek havoc on a small town in Louisiana with those words. As soon as I heard that sentence, I had the main idea for the story. A month later it was published in New Voices.
To be a writer, you must have a warped perception of reality. Anyone can think of a story, but it takes a strange dedication to put it on paper. Always ask ‘What if’? That question can take you to a world of possibilities.
Another thing I want to stress… It’s okay to not have twenty ideas written on a notepad. It took me a long time to understand this one in particular. The worst thing to do is force an idea that isn’t ready. I’ve written quite a few crappy stories this way. The good ideas always find a way to manifest. Sometimes they just need to simmer in your subconscious.
If you’re stuck for ideas, don’t immediately start crying over a writer’s block. If that blank page keeps looking naked, simply turn the computer off. Use your designated writing time to read something you wouldn’t normally pick up. Get outside and people watch with a cup of coffee. People do some funny things when they think the coast is clear. Let your brain relax, forget about writing! When you have a free mind that isn’t stressed—ideas will come.