A lot of times people ask writers about where they get their inspiration. Some authors have excellent answers that are complex and fascinating about process.
Me? Led Zeppelin. I’m not joking.
Music is a huge part of my creative process. I make jewelry listening to music, I cook listening to music and I definitely write and edit listening to music.
But as I was going through all my projects and notes, trying to put them in some sort of order of importance so I would not go insane and feel so stressed I just keeled over, I found a little three sentence word document. A kernel of a book.
And I began to think on it and the characters began to introduce themselves to me. But it wasn’t until Monday when I was coming back from taking my 2 year old to her Well Baby Visit that it all clicked.
Here’s where Led Zeppelin comes in. Kasmir came on the radio. Now I lurve me some Led Zeppelin. I love that bawdy mix of blues and 70’s rock. I love the over the top references to the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit and I love those hokey videos/mini movies they made.
So Kasmir came on and there’s that opening. Now if you haven’t ever heard Kasmir, go and download it from itunes or Amazon or something. Everyone should hear it. It’s a great song. Slow, methodical, it’s got this great sort of eastern flair (hence Kasmir). And the lyrics start.
Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed
Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace, whose sounds caress my ear But not a word I heard could I relate, the story was quite clear
And there it was. Celtic Triangle was born, it had a title (with some wonderful help from my husband the following day) and my metastory fell into place and I finished my rough outline last night. I should thank Plant and Page in my dedication. Oh and my babysitter who first introduced me to Led Zeppelin when I was nine.