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Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Readers usually ask how a story comes about. Most times I say, they just come to me or the characters were talking. It's the only answer, for the most part, that many writers have. It's hard to explain to someone who doesn't write, that the story is just there.

Some stories have different answers. A song made you think of something, a movie you might have watched gave you that surge you needed to write. OR it was the right place, the right time and the cosmos aligned. lol

I'm talking about inspiration because recently, I had a story that had to be told. It sucked ME in. Last week on my publisher's group, eXtasy, they asked if any authors wanted to contribute to their Fantasy Garden line. They are short stories, 5k to 8k long, that use the meanings of rose. I thought about giving it a try. I have other projects I'm working on so I let them know I was interested, but wasn't sure when I would be able to write one. As I looked at the different meanings, I got an email from my husband that his grandmother was dying. It was only a matter of hours. It was so sudden, I was shocked! The meaning page was still up and right in front of me was the meaning of a black rose. Black Roses – Death, Farewell, Loss. The promise that soon you will know something you did not know before. Some see it as a bad omen. Signifies rejuvenation on the horizon. Sometimes a beautiful deep red rose will bloom from a blackened bud. I had to write this story. I also incorporated the white rose. White Roses —I am worthy of you, I miss you, Innocence, New beginnings, Purity, Reverence, Spiritual love, Truth.

I couldn't stop writing and ended up with a 5k short in one day. It's a story of the loss and rebirth of love. It's an m/m short called Heart Song and it's tentative release day is 9/1/2009 from eXtasy.

It's odd how things come to us. Who would have thought that an m/m story would be born from the death of a woman I didn't know well enough.


Carol Lynne said...

Congrats on the sale, Jambrea. It's nice when we can put our sorrow into words. It sounds like you've done just that, well done.

Jambrea said...

Thanks Carol. It's the first time something like this has happened and it was nice to get it out there. :)

Rhonda said...

Jambrea, it surprises me that something so great can come from something so sad. Congrats on the sale and I look forward to reading all of this story.

Jambrea said...

Thank you so much Rhonda! :D

ccastano said...

Isn't it amazing where inspiration can come from? The really great thing, is as a writer, you get to be one of the few who can mold it into something that many can experience, even if it stems from something difficult (sometimes these are the most inspiring of all). Congrats on the story, and the sale Jambrea.


joyroett said...

Now I want to cry *sob*

Susilien said...

Jambrea, Congratulations on the sale and on writing another story. I hope that this story is a best seller.

Jambrea said...


Joy....sorry :(

Susilien...Thanks! Me too. :)

Lorna & Larry said...

I get inspired when the characters start talking - and they don't shut up!

Lorna Collins

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