I'd love to claim that my book How to Date Dead Guys was inspired by a classical piece of literature, like Austen's Pride and Prejudice or Alcott's Little Women. If I had majored in anything English-related, this would probably be true.
But I didn't. I graduated with a Biology Major/Math Minor.
This is probably why my book was inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer and NPR.
I stumbled upon the Smiley Face Murders Theory during a late night NPR program.
That started the "ball rolling."
Everything else just kept the ball in motion.
BUFFY AND WILLOW
I LOVED the long-running TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The character I most empathized with was Willow. Who wouldn't root for the shy, awkward bookworm everybody took for granted and expected to stand to the side?
But Willow's despair wasn't the only thing that inspired me.
I thought back to college, and all it entails.
The first real taste of freedom.
The first real risk of falling and failing.
The unreality of campus lif--as if those four (or so) years are all that is important in this world.
So many majors that don't prepare the graduate for the real question of: "What the hell am I going to do with the rest of my life?"
All the drinking, the bad decisions, the uncertainty, the longing, the fear. At least, that's how I remember college.
I'm sure some people don't remember much at all. J
Both Emma and I find the following people inspiring (they also happen to be dead):
The actor Cary Grant (isn't he charming?)
- The author C.S. Lewis (Aslan, need I say more?)
Despite the fact that I can't claim my writing style is patterned after any of the greats (except for perhaps Dickens' tendency to connect every character in the most unexpected, Kevin-Bacon-Six-Degrees-of-Separation way), every single book I've ever read has helped me write my own.
A great big thank you to all the other authors. I owe you big time.