Clare London (clarelondon) wrote,
Clare London


Today's guest is the author Rowena Sudbury who talks about the 'spark' of inspiration and how she weaves it into her fiction :).


About me: Rowena Sudbury lives in southern California with her husband, son, and their wonderful rescue dog. Her love of reading was born in the fifth grade, and she began writing soon after that. Writing has always been her passion and escape from the real world.

Rowena finds herself thinking through the minds of her characters quite often, to the point that she always has to carry a small journal with her so she can capture their thoughts and weave them into stories when she gets home.

My "work" at Dreamspinner:
The King's Tale, The Magic of Lammas, Silent Night.
Buy them HERE.


As I type this there's a thunderstorm outside. I live in Southern California, and while "It Never Rains in California" is not true, the thunder and lightning are a rarity. I am from Texas originally, and spent several years there and in Kentucky. It's not uncommon to have thunderstorms there, and it was during that time that I cultivated a great fear of the noise and flashes of light. It was a relief to move to the balmy West Coast and put the misery behind me. Now, on days like today, I'm just reminded again that these displays of nature are not something I look forward to at all.

--I originally wrote this post on January 18. Little did I know at that point that the "thunderstorm" was a precursor to the worst rains my region has seen in twenty five years! I've been slogging around ever since.--

I do find inspiration in them though. I find inspiration in nearly everything. I joke that I have a little filing cabinet in my head, and when I need inspiration I can just go and rummage through it. I've used my fear of storms on more than one occasion (there's an example here at the All Gay Romance Stories blog.) Sometimes I think using my own fear lends an air of believability to my characters.

Of course, inspiration also strikes at times when you least expect it. I've had stories pop full blown into my head while listening to music. One time I was tired and just wanted to lay down for "five minutes". I took off my earrings and folded them into my palm. Within a few minutes I was up jotting furiously in a notebook a Valentine's story about ...earrings in the palm of a hand.

Inspiration for The King's Tale is a gift I shall cherish always. I grew up reading historical romance novels, and was always particularly fascinated with Medieval times. I can remember longing to write my own historical, and being vexed when the ideas never came.

And then one night I was chatting with a friend on a messenger program. She and I had written scores of ideas for novels that we both knew were never going to get written. Sometimes it was easier to let our novel characters hash out the ideas "in person" they would talk, and we would type. Her character was the one who came up with the bedtime story, of a cold and lonely king seeking shelter in the cottage of a woodsman. My fertile mind wouldn't let it end at that, and I constructed it into what eventually became my first published work.

All it took was that one spark, and many times that is all inspiration is. A spark.

Visit me at my blog and my GLBT Bookshelf page.

The pictures came from this site:




Today's Quote:
"To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June." Jean-Paul Sartre

Today's Daft Google Searches for 'Clare London':
"Mapping value in the built urban environment" And...?! :)


Follow this month with Clare (look at the goodies so far...):

Jan 22 : Author Jordan Castillo Price wonders "what if" she hadn't been a writer?
Jan 23 : Author Syd McGinley asks Is Dr. Fell a Gary Sue?‏
Jan 24 : Author Angela S. Stone tells us about her 'Bunnies' and offers Free Fiction.‏
Jan 24 : Author Lori Toland tells us about the rock 'n' roll of her new release.‏

Jan 15 : Jen of Well Read savours the memory of food, and seeks it in her fiction!
Jan 16 : Author Mel Keegan tells us why we should all be visiting the GLBT Bookshelf.
Jan 17 : Author Cassandra Gold discusses the wonderful world of the romance sub-genre.
Jan 18 : Author Wren Boudreau asks "Who am I...and am I okay with it?"
Jan 19 : Author Jenna Hilary Sinclair confesses her writing!
Jan 20 : Author Dakota Flint discusses the fascination of the Epilogue.
Jan 21 : Author Janey Chapel treats us to pictures of her favourite kink!

Jan 08 : Jessewave wonders - tongue in cheek - where the less shiny guys are!
Jan 09 : Anne Cain shares her art and encourages a show and tell!
Jan 10 : My latest release Upwardly Mobile is out at Amber Quill today.
Jan 11 : Author Lee Rowan discusses why love should not be a garotte.
Jan 12 : Author Jaime Samms asks if readers prefer short or long stories.
Jan 13 : Author Erastes explains why her submissions keep aiming for the stars!
Jan 14 : Author Daimeryan Rei describes the rewards of writing both fan and original fiction.

Jan 01 : The New Year brings the release of the Immortal Fire anthology IN PRINT.
Jan 02 : author Chrissy Munder asks if current affairs in fiction is delightful or just dates us.
Jan 03 : author Madeleine Urban describes how her characters hijacked her brain.
Jan 04 : author Theda Black's inspiration reaches from a bionic penis to the power of Pan.
Jan 05 : author Josh Lanyon shares some exceedingly good books with us.
Jan 06 : author K. Z. Snow questions what all the fuss is about authors 'making shit up'.
Jan 07 : Josie aka 1more_sickpuppy compares her life and friends online and off.

Want to grab a day to pimp, pose or pontificate? Email me at clarelondon11 @ and I'll happily find you a space ♥

NOTE: most pictures chosen by me and credited where known, others may be used without direct permission, please contact me with any queries/concerns.
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