What inspires your muse? As a lover of the outdoors and nature, I’m often inspired by spending time outside, especially around water such as lakes, rivers, or the ocean. Lately, I’ve found myself inspired by history of the antebellum era and touring old plantation homes. This is how I came to write my latest novels. Taking tours seeped in history allowed my mind to wander and wonder. Novels were the result.
I had the added pleasure of touring some plantations with my family and making it a family outing was the icing on the cake. It was such fun. My youngest granddaughter loved it. My family and pets also inspire much of my writing. I have a golden cocker spaniel named Sunflower, a golden retriever named Honi, and a husky named Cherokee.
I’m also a product of the South complete with an accent that announces it, so locale plays an important part. I’ve often been teased about my accent and some people have thought I was dumb because of it, no doubt, but I’ve never been ashamed of my roots, and it’s who I am. God made me with a southern accent. I graduated with honors. If people want to think I’m dumb because of my accent, let them be fooled. If it’s about the South, I’ll be inspired. If you’re stuck, read other authors in your genre or who write and set their books in a locale that inspires your muse.
As a teen, I loved Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind and always wanted to write a novel set on a plantation. There is something about the old homes beneath the live oaks and Spanish moss that stir me with romance of the past. I can’t help but imagine what life must have been like for young couples living during the antebellum era, ones who had to endure the Civil War. From the depths of my mind and history, I create characters that will transport you to another era.
One thing I am thankful for is that we don’t have to wear the yards of material and layers women did in those days. Gardening had to be an art. The South is too hot and humid to wear layers of clothing while gardening. I love the outdoors and working in my flowers, but I don’t know how much I would have enjoyed it back in the day.
My novels are character driven, and I’m a morning writer. I’ve always felt I did my best writing then. Once I get into a novel, the characters tell their story. In the wee hours of morning, I’m perking with the coffee.
So, what inspires my muse? Outdoors, nature, oak trees, Spanish moss, the antebellum era, plantation homes, history, research, learning, listening to music, the news, and reading other authors all enhance my creative mind and inspire me to create other worlds through characters who lived in the past and tell their own stories.
About the Author:
B. J. Robinson is a multi-published, award-winning, best-selling author of over twenty books as well as short stories and novellas. She writes from Florida, blessed with her husband, children, grandchildren, pets, and faith. For a selection of her work, visit her at http://www.amazon.com/B.-J.-Robinson/e/B007DNJIKU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1460500513&sr=1-2-ent