Finding Inspiration: A Guest Post by @Nicholas_Rossis #IARTG #RRBC #amreading


Finding Inspiration

Like many authors, I’m asked on occasion where I find inspiration for my stories. As I just published Infinite Waters: 9+1 Speculative Fiction Short Stories, I thought I’d share how I came up with each of the stories there.

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

The Things We Do for Lust

Beware of Greek gods bearing gifts

Everyone has their own theory about Greek gods, from aliens to Atlantis refugees. “The Things We Do for Lust” offers a light-hearted alternative. Trekkies will probably enjoy the many Star Trek references.

The Twist in the Tale

A confused woman meanders through a sleepy town. But not all is as it seems

“A Twist in the Tale” came to me while reading on Alzheimer’s. What if the warped reality of those suffering from this terrible disease is actually based on fact? What if we pity them only because we can’t see the full picture?

James’ Life

A man with nothing to look forward to but oblivion, discovers it’s not that easy to escape his life

“James’ Life” is lighter in nature, despite the heaviness. What if video technology evolved to the point of the characters having their own feelings about what was happening to them? How happy would they be repeating the same mistakes night after night?

What’s in a Name?

A cruise to the tropics has an unexpected ending

I thought of “What’s in a Name?” while listening to Little Blue by The Beautiful South. A sci-fi version of the story appears in the third issue of the Nonlocal Science Fiction Magazine.

The Lucky Bastard

How far will the luckiest man alive go to escape his luck?

I was going through a rough patch when I thought of “The Lucky Bastard.” Life can throw us a whole lot of curveballs, but where would we be without them? Would someone who has led a perfect life be happy, or deeply miserable, unable to enjoy and appreciate any of their achievements?

Two’s a Crowd

Blood runs thicker than water. Especially when you spill it.

The idea behind “Two’s a Crowd” came to me from a comic I read as a young teenager. A man has a recurring nightmare. Every single night he fights axe-wielding monsters in a bloodied battlefield. When a monster kills him and the police find his body, they are baffled as to why anyone would commit murder with a large axe. However, once again, it is the nature of reality that’s really questioned here. “Am I a butterfly dreaming I am a man, or a man dreaming I am a butterfly?”, as Chuang Chou put it.

Is There a Doctor in the House?

A high school student just loves to experiment

“Is There a Doctor in the House?” is the tongue-in-cheek story of a well-known doctor’s. What would he be like, as an awkward teenager? Would he continue his father’s experiments?

Sex and Dinner

A timeless combination. Or is it?

“Sex and Dinner” was a Valentine’s special I wrote for my blog, stemming from a discussion with a couple of friends about the strange ways species use to procreate.

Would You Like Flies With That?

Nothing’s scarier than a supermarket.

“Would You Like Files With That” is pretty much copied verbatim from a strange dream I had. I simply added the Halloween aspects when I published it on my blog as a Halloween special.

Infinite Waters

A woman seeks her future at a carnival. She discovers more than she expected.

Finally, I wrote “It’s in the Cards” as a contribution to the Rave Soup for the Writer’s Soul anthology. It was published there in December 2014, and became the container for these other stories under the new title, “Infinite Waters”.

Buy it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1KqxjoS (It’s FREE on Amazon Unlimited)

Who is Nicholas C. Rossis?

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Nicholas Rossis lives to write and does so from his cottage on the edge of a magical forest in Athens, Greece. When not composing epic fantasies or short sci-fi stories, he chats with fans and colleagues, writes blog posts, walks his dog, and enjoys the antics of two silly cats, one of whom claims his lap as home. His children’s book, Runaway Smile, earned a finalist slot in the 2015 International Book Awards.

What readers are saying about Nick’s fantasies:

“Philosophical ideas woven into science-fiction stories that read like classic stories by the masters, often with a delightful, thought-provoking and unexpected twist at the end.”

“Phil K. Dick is up on a cloud laughing with glee”

“From the very first sentence I realized I was not reading a book, I was going on an adventure.”

For more on Nick or just to chat, visit him on:

Blog: http://bit.ly/1G79bQS
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Facebook: http://on.fb.me/18lyLr5
Twitter: http://bit.ly/1dKgsPT
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