Inspiration is one of those often elusive things that I search and search for. Then, one day, out of nowhere, it strikes! Over time, I’ve found a dozen things that always inspire me in some way. Oceans inspire me to see the vastness of the world. My kids inspire me to keep going when I want to quit. God inspires me to trust in Him during every moment.
Lately, I found a new, slightly odd, place of inspiration.
I have a confession to make.
I made an account on TikTok. And I love it. There are so many amazing creatives on there. I’m hooked. Totally. Completely. I’ve found several Christian authors who I’ve never heard of before, and the videos are hilarious. Most of the time. Best of all, there are a gazillion book people on there (no, this is not a post asking you to go sign up for TikTok, unless you want to, in which case, go for it!)
What does this have to do with books and reading and contemporary Christian romance?
It has brought out a creative outlet that I didn’t realize I needed and has given me the opportunity to develop a light and fun atmosphere that is working its way into my writing.
Because of all the fun videos, my TBR is screaming for mercy, but I keep finding book recommendations and that sends me further down the rabbit hole of book buying.
Do you ever do that?
I’ll never finish my TBR. Unless…*gasp*Unless I stop buying books until I read everything I already own.
I wouldn’t be able to buy new books for like 5 years! And that’s only if I do nothing but read during all that time.
I don’t think I can live with that.
Picking up new books is my version of an adrenaline junkie jumping off a cliff. Uh oh. It can’t be good that I just made that comparison, can it?
Seriously though. My to-be-read books are on the verge of outnumbering the books I’ve read and kept over the years. I don’t keep every single book. I wish I could, but there’s simply not enough room in the house.
This brings me to my second question.
How do you choose what book you want to read next?
A lot of us are reviewers, and we have books that we’ve promised to read for authors, but I’m talking about other than that. I’m a mood reader when the opportunity arises. I’ll open a book. Read a couple of pages. And then, if I’m not hooked, I’ll put it back and grab another until I find one that makes me want to sit down and really pay attention.
I get lost in books and will read for hours if responsibilities allow it. I think that might be part of the reason why I was drawn to writing. Even after reading so many books, there was always something new out there to discover, and soon, my imagination took off. Characters and story worlds and problems for the characters to solve tumbled around in my head, waking me in the middle of the night and refusing to let me fall asleep again until I told their story. It’s a strange but beautiful landscape inside the mind of an author. I’ve been inspired by many things over the years, and it never gets old. I love this author life.