THE FOUNT OF INSPIRATION
People often ask me where I get my inspiration for my novels. Inspiration comes from my life experiences and can come in the shape of an image I’ve seen, a need to understand relationships, or events that happen in the world near and far, or perhaps I’ve overheard a conversation that gets my mind ticking over.
My debut novel, “African Hearts”, was inspired by a photo I saw of an African boy standing next to a mud hut when I was in my grade three social studies class. This image remained with me until four years ago when the Watoto Children’s Choir visited our city and we billeted two of the orphaned children and their chaperone. Our conversation turned to discussions about the biggest challenge for the children. When I heard it was their sense of belonging, my heart saddened. I understood their needs. I lost both my parents by the time I was eight and I’d always wondered where I belonged in the world, that seemed so big and imposing with many decisions to be made regarding my future.
My second novel came through my need to understand the world around me while I was in my teens. During the nineteen sixties and seventies, in the country town in which I lived, some of the teenage girls disappeared for several months and then they returned with no explanation for their absence. My insatiable curiosity got the better of me and investigations revealed these girls left to go to the city to have babies. This resulted in a series of ‘what if’ questions, and “Web of Lies” was created.
My third book, which is under consideration by a publisher as I write, was inspired by my experiences as a military wife.
Inspiration is around us everywhere, all we have to do is be open to tapping into our environment every moment of our day. I carry a small notebook with me wherever I go and when I see or hear an unusual tidbit, I write it down for later reference.
The experts tell us to write about what we know; sound advice, but I would also add that it’s important to use your imagination to give it a unique twist that makes the work yours. Readers will identify with your characters if you write about the everyday lessons of life. They will be involved in the characters’ journeys, learn something about themselves and know they aren’t alone. At the end of the book your reader will be satisfied and look forward to your next work. Tap into the world around you, it is your fount of inspiration.
About Laura O’Connell
Laura enjoys writing stories about second chances in love and life. She calls the Gold Coast home, however, her curious nature leads her on adventures to locations that surprise and inspire her. Laura has a passion for telling a good story set in places where she has lived and travelled. Her first book, African Hearts, was shortlisted in the 2011 Caleb Prize.
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Book Blurb – Web of Lies
High school sweethearts, Stephanie and Lachlan are torn apart by circumstance, bad decisions and a web of lies, leaving an unknown future for their son, Ryan.
Eight years later they reconnect, but the time apart has changed them. The family had made decisions based on lies and deceit and now must find a way to either reveal the truth or find another option. On the surface, their arrangements seemed flawless, but dig deeper, and the people they thought they knew aren’t as they appear.
Lachlan and Stephanie are forced to confront the consequences of their actions and the entire family is compelled to reveal the truth, find forgiveness, and renew loving one another. But the hardest decision is still to come … where does Ryan live?