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The Writer's Muse & giveaway with Juliette Cross

The muse is an ambiguous entity. Does it come from without, or does it come from within? I’d venture to say both. Whether from literature, history, society, or Mother Nature, she weaves into the conscious and subconscious of all writers, sparking some new idea to life. Inspiration is complex and multi-dimensional, but if I had to pinpoint an origin, I’d bet the true muse lies within the heart of the writer. As for me, my muse awakens for a variety of reasons—a lovely work of art, a storm moving in, a change in weather (particularly during fall and winter), a stunning photograph, or sometimes something as simple as wind rustling in the leaves.

I love reading about what sparked the imaginations of writers of great stories. My favorite is the one of J.K. Rowling and her muse coming to life on a train. She was on her way back to London on a four-hour train ride after a weekend of flat-hunting (for a place with her then-boyfriend) when the idea of the scrawny, bespectacled Harry Potter popped into her head. She didn’t have a pen and was too shy to ask someone to borrow one. (Can you imagine being the person Rowling borrowed the pen from to write down the first ideas of the famous Harry Potter series?) But she claimed that if she’d started writing that moment, she might have stifled the character and the story unfolding in her head. For four hours, she let the ideas ruminate and let her muse take hold. Well, we know what happened from there. I’d give her muse an A+ and a bonus for a job well done.

I try to take wisdom from Rowling’s story. Sometimes it’s best to let your muse work, rather than hurry to write it all down the second an idea forms. So writers, whether it’s an impending storm, or a fallen leaf, or a lonely train ride, let your muse lead you down that creative path into the deep unknown of your imagination. You never know what wonderful story might be waiting just around the bend.

Soulfire
In a world divided by prejudice and hatred, only love can bridge the chasm.
Tensions are rising in the Gladium Province. The boundary between humans and Morgons has begun to blur. While the human aristocracy strives to maintain distance between their daughters and the dragon-hybrid race, fate has other plans.
As the daughter of the corporate king, Jessen Cade is duty-bound to honor her arranged marriage to a man she detests. Feeling trapped by family duty and a loveless future, she longs for more, straying to the Morgon side of the city.
Lucius Nightwing is the eldest son of the powerful Morgon clan, and the greatest enemy of Jessen’s father. When a bar-room brawl thrusts Jessen into his arms, his dragon roars to the surface, craving to sate his carnal hunger in the brown-eyed beauty. The beast in Lucius recognizes her as his own, even if the man refuses to admit the truth.

Juliette’s giving away an ecopy of SOULFIRE to one (1) lucky commnenter.  Do you have a muse? What gets your creativity, whatever form it may take,  flowing?

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Juliette calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance–brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

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