Inspiration. A most important asset to a writer, inspiration, for if we are not inspired, a lull ensues which makes us very, very grumpy and leads to doing very, very bad things like eating an elephant's weight in Rocky Road ice cream or Junior Mints.
Many people and places have inspired me over the years, some good, some ... not so good. But each one means something special. Something which has led to story ideas, character personalities, settings, et cetera. Some of these people and places continue to inspire me, and in more ways than one.
Best example? My mother. We've been through some rough waters, my mother and I, but she always taught me to stay strong, keep pace on the road which leads to my goals, and to do both with patience and wisdom. Every move she makes, every word she says inspires me.
Same goes for my grandfather. Winston Churchill. J.K. Rowling's journey to success. Author Janet Mullany. Composers Frederic Chopin, James Horner, Trevor Morris, and Martin Phipps. My oftentimes silly but otherwise amazing husband. Galway, Ireland. County Durham, England. My best friend. And the list goes on and on.
Who or what inspires you most?