The Big Reveal


Welcome to the Big Reveal

I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them.

Have you ever gotten a story idea from a song, a TV show or movie?


Kelley Lynn, Pre-published Author
The collab with Jessica Salyer, THE PRINCESS AND THE THIEF, came to Jess through the song Enchanted by Taylor Swift. A future series I am DYING to write will be sorta based off the TV show White Collar. (Very loosely…haha)


Chloe Banks, Agented Author
Not knowingly. But I must get my ideas from somewhere! Perhaps, rather geekily, parts of my current novel were inspired by a painting. I’m not the type to listen to music while I work. More often I’m inspired by phrases that pop into my head and don’t seem to mean anything at the time.


Valerie Cole, Agented Author
Music is the driving inspiration to all my stories. Between my guitar builder husband and me, music is always blasting from some stereo, computer or iPhone in our house. I make elaborate playlists for my WIPs and it really helps to set the scene, find depth to a character or shape the manuscript. For the manuscript I’m working on right now, I’m listening to everything from Oasis and All Time Low to ZZ Ward and Ellie Goulding.


Jay Bendt, Un-agented Author
Many! This happens every time I hear a song I find intriguing or catchy. My mind immediately starts making up complex storylines to the lyrics. It always happens on my way to work, when I’m just listening to the radio.


Lara Schiffbauer, Un-agented Author
In my current work in progress, I watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and wanted to use pixies somehow. It gave me the opening scene, from which the rest of the story has evolved from.


Mark Koopmans, Un-agented Author
In 2008, I was in Texas and this guy, Donald Braswell, was on America’s Got Talent. As he was a local resident, I followed his progress, especially after his you-need-to-see-this-to-believe-it first audition and was delighted to find he lived in our readership area. Donald agreed to several interviews and when I learnt the full details, I knew this was a story that must be told.


Eileen Cook, Published Author
I don’t remember ever being inspired by a song, movie, or TV show, but I’m sure I have. Odds and ends of things collect in my head until they mix together and an idea pops out. I find a lot of inspirations from the news. I tend to collect news stories, clipping them out and stuffing them into folders. I don’t usually look at them again, but the process of cutting them out sticks them in my head in some way.

Have you ever gotten a story idea from a song, a TV show or movie?

6 Responses

  1. I’ve got several ideas from songs. Novels I’ve written and others that are still just a premise. Got one from a Law and Order TV show once–and it has nothing to do with crime or lawyers. 🙂 That one is unwritten, but I really want to get to it someday.

  2. Rachel Schieffelbein

    I can’t listen to music while I write, I’m too easily distrated I guess. But my novella, Secondary Characters, was inspired by a song of the same name. It’s from a musical. There’s a scene where the ‘secondary characters’ take the stage. I loved it. 🙂

  3. Janeal

    Some interesting answers! I haven’t gotten an idea an idea from a song, tv show, or movie before. I do find a lot of inspiration from them after I’m going forward with an idea though.

  4. One of my books was inspired by the story behind the famous Four Seasons’ song “Rag Doll.” I wanted to give that poor little girl a happy ending, and so wrote a Bildungsroman about a poor Manhattan girl who could’ve been that girl. I tried to loosely base some of the book around lyrics from the song.

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