Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween World! By Ciara Lake

Don’t you love to dress up and pretend?  I do.  I like to decorate too.  I recently attended a costume party at my friend’s house.  The theme was “not so nice” Disney characters.  My friend’s house was amazingly decorated and the guests dressed up in great outfits.  It was so much fun.  It was an opportunity for adults to be like children and sometimes we grownups need to regress.   I dressed up as Snow White’s evil queen.  Pretending to be a naughty character is lots of fun.  I practiced my wicked laugh and got pretty good at the cackle.  Halloween is a time to allow your imagination to go wild and free.  It is a wonderful time to dream up new ideas.  Tonight little monsters are coming to my door for goodies.  It’s rainy and chilly in Ohio this year but has not seemed to stop the little creatures from begging for candy. 
                 In Angel for Avery, which is coming out in February there is treat or trick scene with a bad monster at their door.   But my heroine is protected by her guardian angel.  Ah, just got an idea… to have a book start with a modern day masquerade party.  Yep, that’s on my list now. 
                Halloween is the beginning of the fun holidays, at least to me.  Soon we will be decorating for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I love the lights and the atmosphere they create.  I put lights up for Halloween too.  I write a lot over the holiday times.  I have time off work and spend days and nights writing up my dreams.  I am busy working on the next in the Forsaken series and will use a lot of my time off to get much done.  At least this is my hope.  I have so many projects in writing to accomplish. 
                My newest book is coming out in the beginning of November, Forsaken Norse Wind.    It is about a troll and his beautiful mate.  My spin on the troll is a bit different from usual tales.  He is ugly only when he wants to be and gorgeous all other times.    
                Writing has been a blessing in that I have connected with wonderful people, like my series co-writer, Elise Whyles and my publishers.  Writing has also been a learning experience and I feel blessed with this opportunity.

Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!   

Ciara Lake

Saturday, October 6, 2012


Many things in my world inspire my writing.  I feel blessed when inspiration hits me.  Anything can start a string of thoughts, which can manifest into a new tale.  The daily news, music, people I meet and or watch when people watching, television, movies, and general life experiences.  I love to sit outside or take walks.  During these times, I come up with new dreams to write about.  I love spending time outside when it is fall.  The autumn weather and the beauty of Ohio stimulate my mind.   Ohio has a lovely fall season.   I also love fall because my birthday is in October.  We go to the state parks to see the autumn foliage on or around my birthday.  This time of year has always been enjoyable.  Fall is also the beginning of the big holiday seasons we celebrate.  It is all very exciting to think about and plan for our family events. 
            When I started writing Tallusian Nights it was fall of 2011, the leaves changing in the woods at my father’s farm gave me the idea for the Tallusian Forest.  In Tallusian Nights, the lovers share sensual moments under a canopy of beautiful reddish and amber trees.  On the planet of Tallusia, the forest is always the colors of Ohio’s fall.  This vision came to my imagination from admiring the woods out the windows of my father’s house.   It was like I painted the scene in my mind and put it on paper to be read.  I added the people to create the complete story.  In fact, I was pleased the artist for the book’s cover used the amber and reddish colors too.   
            Now I am working on another book for the Forsaken series and the weather is helping my imagination.  The cool breeze blowing through my hair is great motivator for imagination. I just step outside when having a block.   Or just looking out the windows at the pretty colors seems to make my mind work better.  The book I’m working on now features Mermaids.  Unfortunately, Ohio has no ocean views.  So, I look on the web or pictures of my past vacations.  I lived on Guam for several years so I think of the days I played in the sea.  I learned to scuba dive and became a PADI rescue diver while living there.   Guam is surrounded by glorious blue water.  It is a gorgeous island.  The water is so clear and full of life.  It is great to reminisce of playing in the warm sea.  Of course, the Mer don’t need special equipment to frolic and play.  They swim free as masters of the sea in my story.  They have magical powers under the sea and on land.  It is so much fun to dream up these places and people.   As of today, I am only 15K into the Mermaid story.  I have named it, Forsaken Waves of Time.   I am still dreaming it all up.  I like to dream as I go along.  I start with an outline, but I often change it until it falls just into place. 
            Just remember when starting to write stories, poems, and or music, allow yourself the time to look at your environment.  Enjoy the people around you too.  A mere word can get an idea flowing into a great work of art.  Enjoy your imagination. 
Happy reading and enjoy the fall season,
Ciara Lake  
This is Guam… one of my favorite views.  
This is how it looks around where my father’s farm is located.   It is very similar.  See how beautiful Ohio is.  Wouldn’t these views stimulate your mind?