Friday, December 16, 2016

5 Things That Inspired Me While Writing The Truest Heart

Every writer needs inspiration to boost them along the path of creativity. Since I don’t always have the luxury of waiting around for the creative muse to strike, during the course of every project, I purposefully seek out things that will excite and inspire me. Here’s a list of what sparked my creativity while I wrote The Truest Heart.

Call the Midwife

Since my heroine is a midwife, this show helped me to add to the dramatic feel of the childbirth scenes—though these 1950s midwifes have British accents, and all the action in my story takes place in Texas. :)

A picture of Jason Gedrick—the actor I imagined as Travis Hart!

With each of my stories, I always create a collage of the characters for my desktop wallpaper. This helps me to visualize their faces constantly while writing. I love playing “casting director”!

Can’t Help Falling

I listened to this song A LOT while writing the romantic scenes of my novella. It echoes the poignant emotions Travis and Annie feel in regards to their relationship and helped me get into the moment—soundtrack style.

True Women

I’d watched this miniseries before, but did so again while working on my novella. Since I couldn’t literally hop into a time machine and travel back to 1800’s Texas, this show was the next best thing.

The six gals who brought the Hart family to life

Working alongside them via Facebook, hashing out nitty gritty details like the layout of the Hart ranch and character birthdays, getting ridiculously excited when one of the character’s dogs was about to have puppies…these ladies made collaboration amazingly fun! We had a blast writing about our handsome brothers, and I think the energy and fun of it all shines through in each of our stories!

ECPA bestselling author Amanda Barratt, fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story – a spinoff of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes inspirational historical romance, penning stories that transport readers to a variety of locales – from the sweeping coastline of Newport, Rhode Island, to the rugged landscape of Central Texas. She loves connecting with readers through her website and on Facebook. 

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  1. How is it that I have never seen True Women?

    I loved working with you on this novella collection, as I knew I would!

    And Clara's puppies were an event! :D

  2. You MUST get a DVD copy posthaste! You will love it!!! And Robbie particularly enjoyed his puppy. :)

    I loved working with you on this collection!! So many special memories! :)

  3. I wish I liked baking cookies, but I don't. So I enjoy the culinary talents of others during the holiday season. Trader Joe's has the best chocolate Jo JO cookies . . . or something like that.

    1. Store bought cookies certainly limit the mess. And Trader Joe's is a great store to shop at!

  4. Must check out True Women. Sounds like my kind of show.

    Working with you on this collection was a treat, Amanda. I like how our brothers ended up being good friends, too.

    1. You'll absolutely love True Women! And its been such a joy to work with you!! I'm glad Travis and Houston are great friends too! :)

  5. Hmm, never seen True Women! What fun to learn of your keep handy things for the story.

    1. If you like 1800's Texas, you'd love True Women. It's quite the saga! :)