I’m pleased that Sky stopped by to do a blog for us! Sky is an author with Regal Crest, who worked long and hard to get her first novel, Amazonia, published. Her second novel, Mountain Rescue: The Ascent, is due out next month. When she’s not writing, wandering the beach/countryside/moors, she’s probably at a local cinema, catching the latest film, as she’s an avid film buff. Here, she tells us where she gets ideas for her work.
by Sky Croft
I was asked the other day about inspiration, where do I get the ideas for my novels? My response was immediate, if not a little simplistic – everywhere.
Inspiration comes from all around, which for me is vital when writing a book. When traveling by vehicle or taking a stroll, different places help to envisage scenes. A visit to a history museum shows how people before us lived, and stories of their lives can be fascinating. Simply talking with friends can be helpful, as a casual comment can spark an idea. Real life situations are a great tool for a writer.
In the case of my second book, Mountain Rescue: The Ascent, inspiration struck while I was on holiday with my family, visiting Scotland. You may already know from my bio that I’m English, but I adore Scotland and would love to live there permanently. I’ve holidayed there since I was a child, and many of my fondest memories are from that time. It’s a beautiful place: lush rolling hills around the border, impressive jagged peaks in the Highlands, and a feeling of peace and solitude that I’ve yet to find anywhere else. I could continue, but I’d best stop there before I sound like a tour guide!
Anyway, I was on holiday, traveling through the Highlands, passing some of those jagged peaks I just mentioned, when I noticed a small hut. On the door was a sign – “Mountain Rescue.” I started to think about the different types of rescues they’d be involved in, and thought it would make an interesting book. That’s when Mountain Rescue: The Ascent was born. By the time I made it to my destination, I had several plot ideas in mind (some of which I may yet use for sequels to this book).
My brother-in-law is a climber, so I asked his advice regarding the climbing technicalities. I also wanted to experience it for myself, so he took me to an indoor climbing wall. I must say I really enjoyed the climbing part, it was the abseiling down that bothered me! Still, I managed, and when I was ready we went out to some basic climbs. I found it exhilarating, but frightening at the same time. I doubt I have what it takes to be a “serious” climber, but I have a lot of respect for those individuals who do, the risks involved are perilous, but the rewards are great.
After picking the plot idea that most intrigued me, I threw in a couple of cute lesbians (one an expert climber with a hidden past, the other a doctor with relationship issues) and stirred the creative pot. To get the final product, I added a good spoonful of romance, and mixed that with the action of the rescues.
The weather can hold sway over life and death on a mountain range, and it can change abruptly on a whim. The weather plays a significant part in the book, so much so it’s practically another character, at times adding a sense of urgency and drama.
So you see, inspiration really does come from all places, and whether you’re a writer or not, stories are all around you, you just have to look and listen.