Inspiration – Something Like Winter

In Books, Inspiration, Something Like Winter by Jay Bell

One thing I absolutely adore is when readers send me songs, saying “This one made me think of your book.” I used to do the same as a reader, discovering by chance a song with lyrics or vibe that suited a favorite story. I still do this as a writer, but in reverse. I’ll find a new tune that sets …

Inspiration – From Darkness to Darkness

In Books, Fantasy, Inspiration, Loka Legends by Jay Bell

When I wrote The Cat in the Cradle way back in 1863, there wasn’t a lot of music and images that inspired me as I worked. I suppose my fascination with the color spectrum was a definite influence, and I know my lifelong love of Pier’s Anthony’s Apprentice Adept series was a definite inspiration. Aside from that, the process was …

Inspiration – Kamikaze Boys

In Books, Gay, Inspiration, Kamikaze Boys by Jay Bell

A long time ago, in a galaxy exactly like this one, I was a big fish in a very small pond. That pond was called Warrensburg, Missouri, and for a twelve-year-old, I thought I was hot shit. Then a job transfer brought my family to The Woodlands, Texas, a suburb just outside of Houston, and the game changed completely. I …

What’s in a Name?

In Books, Gay, Inspiration, Something Like Summer by Jay Bell

Last week, a handful of people happened to ask why I decided to name Something Like Summer what I did. To me, this coincidence was the cosmos saying “Lucy, you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do!” And explain I will. I’ve often said I’d rather write an entire book than a single synopsis. The same applies to choosing a title for …

Inspiration – Hell’s Pawn

In Books, Gay, Hell's Pawn, Inspiration by Jay Bell

It’s hard to pin down just when and where Hell’s Pawn took root in my mind. When I was a kid, Piers Anthony’s Incarnations of Immortality series introduced me to the concept of Purgatory and a contemporary take on the afterlife. I later made a study of mythology and religion in my teens which was obviously a huge influence, and …

Inspiration – Something Like Summer revisited

In Books, Gay, Inspiration, Something Like Summer by Jay Bell

A reader recently wrote me (hey Daren!) expressing an interest in other songs and images that inspired Something Like Summer. I have a previous blog entry about some of those inspirations, but there are indeed more sources not listed there. Let’s start with another hot image of Tim Wyman. Well, model Bruno Santos really. The photo you see to the …