Unfortunate Son: Finding Inspiration

January 12, 2015

Unfortunate Son tells the story of Evan Day, aka Trevor Hardball, who was kicked out of the military under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and then shunned by his parents, both for being gay and for his discharge. His friends Cory and Jimmy helped get him back on his feet and get him started in gay porn, but after five years, Evan’s a little disillusioned and looking to change things.

The character of Evan is based (loosely) on the cover model, Travis Irons. At the time I conceived the book, nearly three years ago now, Travis had been a gay porn model for about five years, and like Evan, he was looking toward what came next. We met through mutual friends, and after a couple of conversations, I knew there was a story to be told there.

As an author, you never know where a story idea is going to come from. Sand & Water was based on the Beth Nielsen Chapman song—a single parent raising a child alone after the other parent’s death. My novella En Fuego was sparked (pardon the pun) by an image of a firefighter rescuing a kitten after a fire.

Have you heard interesting stories for where your favorite authors have gotten inspiration? Have you ever inspired anyone to write a story?

7 Responses to “Unfortunate Son: Finding Inspiration”

  1. Angela says:

    One of my favorite authors (outside m/m) is John Saul he writes Horror books, i guess you could compare him with Stephen King. I hope he uses his fantasy when writing his books :)

    I don’t think i have inspired anyone to write a story, although some moments in my life are certainly worth writing about.

  2. K13 says:

    This book sounds great.
    I’m too boring for inspiring to write a story but lately I got the chance to read some authors’ blogs about their inspiring work…

  3. BabyBarlow says:

    Poor Evan/Trevor:((
    Hope to have the chance to read this book soon.
    I read around about writers’ experiences but still don’t remember them.
    A friend of mine wrote a poem about me (in Spanish)..

  4. Missy1980 says:

    Thank you for this post.
    About authors and their inspiration I don’t know much, sorry.
    Writing about me? Poor them! It surely be very dark *winks*

  5. I have some friends who threaten to use how I met my husband as the inspiration for a story, but I don’t know anyone who has done so.

    One of my friends has a muse who inspires her writing, and I sometimes wonder what that would be like.

  6. Shae Connor says:

    I love these stories! I love inspiration stories in general. Always interested in knowing where authors get their ideas from. I think it’s great when they’re pulled from real-life events, although sometimes those can be stranger than fiction. :)

  7. H.B. says:

    I love hearing about where authors tend to find inspiration for a story. I mean it’s always a surprise to learn that they were doing something they did every day like walking a city block when something catches their eye and a story starts forming. Its hopeful for those who are aspiring writers.

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