I was talking to a new friend, at the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference, about stand-out romantic suspense authors. I gave her my favorites, most of which I’ve shared with y’all: Colleen Coble, Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason, Ronie Kendig. Then she named an author I hadn’t read.
“Kristen Heitzmann. You have to read her books”
“That good?” I love learning about brilliant romantic suspense authors.
“She’s great. Her books are riveting. Even a little creepy. I’d hate to live in her head.” Tweet This!
I still laugh when I think of the conversation. (I even hesitated with sharing Kristen’s name here, but my friend’s comments so intrigued me, I felt I should find out more about her books. I post her name here because you might want to do the same thing.) Seriously, though, the same can be said for most of the writers I know.
One of my DFW buddies doodles during our meetings. A few months ago, I watched her create a full scene with a cartoon duck wearing an inner tube, about to jump off a diving board into a pond inhabited by a frog and two fish. A horned cow stood over-looking the scene. Where did she get that image? I have no clue! The topic of discussion was something about media and the internet if I remember correctly. I suppose the duck could have come from a comment about Twitter, but that’s a stretch.
Still, this is an elastic-minded, flexibly-creative career. But then that’s the point, isn’t it? I can’t speak for everyone in this profession, but I know my mind drifts to what-if scenarios often. And I can be in the most benign situation when an idea hits me.
Like in an airport.
Or a waiting room.
Or a funeral. Oh, I’ll have to share that one sometime!
Your Turn: Do you, writer or reader, ever get that kind of sensation or image in your head. Something happening right there where you are right now that would change your life forever?