Thursday, June 21, 2012

Inspiration GUEST POST by Sasha Summers

Thank you for having me on your blog today. As part of this, my first ever, blog tour – I’ve been asked a lot about inspiration. And, I’ve started thinking about it – a lot. Sure, I need my music and my ‘cast of characters poster’ to help me write, but I’m beginning to realize that my inspiration started a long time before I started writing.

My father was in the Air Force when I was very small. We traveled quite a bit. One place we vacationed regularly was the Costa Brava. I remember the warm sand and pine needles on the path to the beach. I remember the mosaic tiles and regal yet crumbling remains of columns left by ancient Rome’s presence. How could such memories now influence some of my stories today.

Another thing from my childhood? Books. Both my parents read to me. My mother did character voices. My father would draw and cut out paper-doll so we could act out my favorite stories. One such favorite was a story cassette tape of the original ‘The Little Mermaid’… meaning not the Disney version. If you’ve never read the Hans Christian Anderson tale, you might be surprised to learn that the mermaid doesn’t end up with her prince. In fact she throws herself overboard and becomes sea foam – a tragic end indeed. Still, I loved that tape and her willing sacrifice for the man she loved – even if her prince never knew.

As I grew up I blazed my way through my grandmother’s Barbara Cartland library and eagerly looked forward to that first kiss. You know, the kiss that would be the end all and be all of kisses.

My teenage years had me reading Richard Adams Watership Down, Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm, A Handmaid’s Tail, Lord of the Flies, and Ender’s Game… along with as many romance novels as possible. Today I read whatever I can get my hands on, any genre. Reading is an essential part of my life. And now, so is writing.

Greek Mythology was a natural place for me to find my stories, really. The wealth of romance and tragedy drew me in. Now I’m completely, and happily, ensnared by my muse. Since there are so many possibilities, I have no plans on ‘leaving’ Ancient Greece or Olympus anytime soon. Here’s hoping the characters keep ‘talking’ to me and the stories keep ‘demanding’ to be written and readers enjoy reading them.

About Sasha Summers:  Sasha Summers is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history, and travel. It's no surprise that her books visit times past, set in places rich with legends and myth. Her first play, 'Greek Gods and Goddesses' (original title, right?), was written for her Girl Scout troupe.

She's been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she's doing so.

Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.

Sasha is an active member of RWA and several Texas Chapters. A self-proclaimed movie-addict, she is full of all sorts of useless movie tidbits and trivia.

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