Inspiration

 

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving. I know I did. This year was certainly better than last year, that’s for sure. Now it is officially Christmas Season. My favorite holiday, but enough about that, this isn’t a Christmas post…not yet anyway. 🙂

 

I want to talk about Inspiration.

 

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What inspires me to write? There are many things but here are a couple that I’d thought I’d share with you.

The first is a note from a fellow author, who purchased my first book “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer.” She bought it in hopes her reluctant reader would be inspired to read. This is a direct quote:

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“Lisa Orchard is like the best writer EVER” ~according to my daughter, who until recently, never read a book voluntarily. Her next statement was, “You’d better get the rest of the series.”

Yes, ma’am. Going to buy them now! 

Here’s the review they left on Amazon:

My 12 year old daughter says:

I loved this book so much because it was so exciting. All the cool moments in the house were really creepy. It made it feel like the girls were going to come to the end of their road. It was super suspenseful. Please keep writing more books like this!

I say:

My reluctant-reader daughter inhaled this book–twice! She came rushing into the room at least three times an hour with breathless updates on the adventure. Definitely an engaging read for kids who like a little mystery.

This made my week. It just felt so good to inspire someone to read. I immediately began thinking of ideas for the next book in the series, even though I’m in the middle of a new one with new characters. I’ve got a couple of ideas brewing so we’ll see where they go.

My kids also inspire me to write. They’re so proud of my accomplishments. My oldest has read two of the books in the series and he told me they were awesome. I’m hoping by sticking with my writing, they’ll see how the hard work pays off and they’ll learn to follow their own dreams and aspirations.

My boys are learning so many valuable lessons with my writing. Just the other day, I was talking with a friend and she told me about another author who bought enough copies of her own book to get on the New York Times Bestsellers list. She told me this as an idea for marketing.

I relayed this information to my husband and told him that I didn’t think I’d get a big sense of accomplishment if I made it to the list that way. My son was present during the conversation and this was his response.

“Mom, that’s cheating.” He wrinkled his nose and shook his head.

I was cheering inside, while on the outside, I just smiled. My son has an excellent moral compass and it’s so nice to see it. My hubby and I did at least one thing right. 🙂

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So there you have it. Two things that inspire my writing. How about you what inspires you? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

 

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About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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5 Responses to Inspiration

  1. Nya says:

    This was an “inspiring” post on its own:) I really liked your son’s answer! Definitely the people around me who believe in me, and take their time to give me encouraging words of motivation are one of my sources of inspiration.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Thanks for stopping by Nya. I appreciate your kind words. I loved my son’s answer too. 🙂 I’m participating in a Slice of Life posting and I wrote about it again in that post. 🙂 I’m just so proud of him.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Thanks Nya, I appreciate you stopping by and I’m so glad you have people around you who encourage you. I think it’s so important. 🙂

  2. Paulette says:

    Inspiration comes to me in so many different ways. A day with grandchildren, a sunset with hubby, a quiet hike on my own. Hearing the roar of the surf crashing or sitting quietly by a river or just under a tree. That inspires me to paint. But inspiration in my life comes from people who give generously of themselves by way of their time, treasures and gifts. I always see people who have such gifts to give and they keep them to themselves… I don’t think this is really a gift then because you keep it for yourself. Thank you for sharing your gift of writing, Lisa!

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Oh, Paulette, you are so sweet! I’m so glad that I met another creative person! I want to stop by your gallery sometime and check out your work. Thanks for such a nice comment and for stopping by my blog. 🙂

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