Where did you get the idea for Ironclad?
Ironclad was inspired by paintings of Texas and a spooky, run-down house. This led to the formation of characters, which led to a problem and conflicts, which ultimately developed the plot.
I used images of abandoned mines, mineshafts, old-fashioned keys, and an eerie, dark estate with a heavy metal gate as inspiration to further the story. A few short chapters that were originally written just for fun turned into a novelette.
How do you get inspired to write?
My two big go-tos for writing inspiration are people’s lives and listening to music.
People’s lives, conflicts, and the human condition inspire characters, conflict, and possible plots.
Music helps me to generate images and dialogue to formulate scenes. I can’t write to music, but I create to music. Music is a lot about mood, and mood and emotion drive conflict. Character and conflict drive plot.
More recently, images (photographs or art) with mood and setting have become a huge inspiration.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
1. Giving form and meaning to aspects of human life that don’t make sense or are negative and turning them into positive art that makes sense by explaining, through motives and circumstances, how and why things happen.
2. The ability to be in someone else’s skin, in another place, living a different life, and choosing a different ending.
What other books have you written?
What other books are you working on?
Eventually, I hope to create a cookbook that includes my own recipes as well as traditional Czech recipes as made by my mother. I hope to also write a parenting/educator handbook.
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