Release Day Party! Night Vision

February 18, 2015


I am so excited! Today my Paranormal Novella Night Vision is finally out.  Look at the cool cover:

Cover by Catt Ford

Cover by Catt Ford

Nice, right? I am happy with it :)

I wasn’t sure what to talk about here, then I remembered what one of my friends said after she found out I had written a few books. She asked where I got the ideas for stories. She said, to her, that was the most unimaginable thing – coming up with ideas, and characters, and new plots.

So I decided it might be best here to begin at the beginning, with how I came up with this story concept. And since Dreamspinner totally let me takeover this blog (haha!) I will just ramble on about it in my own weird way.

Here is how it happened for Night Vision: I was sitting in my yard last summer, watching my kids play, and I looked up at our big oak tree. (I love that tree.) Anyway, a funny thought struck me – what if there was someone in the tree, watching, or hunting? Some kind of creature… And then my mind wandered about that for a while.

I imagined a scene, with two characters. One, in the tree (or maybe on a rooftop?) and the other, on the ground, who notices. And I thought, wouldn’t it be more interesting if, instead of being surprised or nervous, the character on the ground is more just irritated or mildly accepting? Like: “oh,” *eye roll* “he’s up in that tree again.”   And it was that imaginary scene that sparked the idea for Night Vision.

My character, Theron, climbs to high places, and my character Alex is the one who notices. I think they are a super cute couple. (My next blog post here is all about them!) But the entire story really started with that one picture in my mind, of a person in a tree and another on the ground, and I built the story around it. That is only my silly method of story creation, and I am sure there are as many ways to come up with a story idea as there are writers!

Do you write yourself? How do you get your story ideas?

What intrigues you most about the books you read? Is it creating the worlds and characters, or forming the complex plots? For me, I am always so impressed with authors who write mysteries, the way they can insert clues and hints into the narrative in ways that I don’t even notice, until it all adds up at the end. I think that is so cool!

How about you? Do you wonder at the writing process, or just enjoy the story?

8 Responses to “Release Day Party! Night Vision”

  1. Angela says:

    Happy release day to you.
    It´s always nice to read how an author came up with the idea of his or her book. I myself don´t write but i enjoy to read :)

  2. ameliabishop says:

    Thanks Angela :) Keep reading! And thank you for stopping by to comment!

  3. Susan says:

    I love reading how authors find their ideas, as my favorite part of fiction is worldbuilding. That means I love fantasy and sci fi, but also mysteries and historicals. I only write nonfiction, but am an avid reader.

  4. JJ says:

    Congrats on your new book! I’m a reader only, and I enjoy reading paranormal, fantasy, contemporary, mystery, science fiction etc.

    Your watching from a tree is intriguing me as to why Theron is watching Alex.

  5. ameliabishop says:

    I also love the worldbuilding, Susan, and especially when reading. It is fun to make a world up, of course, but I think there is nothing so magical and fun as reading a rich, layered world that has been built by a talented author.
    Thanks for the comment!

  6. ameliabishop says:

    Thanks, JJ! I will be posting an excerpt and a short “story before the story” flash fiction here later in the day (they’re letting me stay until midnight!!) so stop back for those if you are interested! There will be more information about Theron in those posts :)

  7. H.B. says:

    Congrats on your new release!

    I love hearing how about an authors writing process and how they cam about writing a particular story. I also like hearing about how or what sparked the development of particular character..if they had a reference.

  8. Waxapplelover says:

    Congrats on the new release! I definitely like hearing the background to characters.

Leave a Reply