Inspiration: Table-Top Gaming

One of my favorite activities that I get to do each week is to sit down with my friends and play our tabletop RPGs. It’s a wonderful mix of socialization, creativity, and sometimes, just a good old fashioned beating the snot out of a monster/bad guy to make ourselves feel better. I’m very fortunate to have found a table where we value the roleplaying and characters created for each game. It not only makes most of our games engaging on a level that makes me come back every weekend, but it also offers me inspiration for my own writing. Without that inspiration, I might never have finished this first novel, and been gifted with a character like Yumi.

As you might be able to tell from earlier posts, Yumi was originally envisioned for a tabletop game we were playing, and from the first session, she carved out a room in my brain and made her presence known in a way that few characters have ever done to me. I won’t deny that those tabletop sessions inspired me, and influenced me, helping me to create my own world for her, and a cast of characters to interact with her. I’ve read reviews of some big-named published authors where people have attacked their book for reading too much like some kind a table top RPG. That person viewed it as a negative thing, but I don’t feel that is the case.

The craftsmanship, creativity, and work that goes into the game session, from every person there, helps to fashion a story. It’s a story that sometimes needs to be written down. It needs to be shared for more than just the insular group of friends hanging out. There is value in that story. Inspiration comes to people in different ways. It can be movies, television shows, music, other books, video games, or even witnessing something out in the real world.

For me, most of my comes from my group, and although I thanked them once in my book, I want to thank them again here. Thank you, my “Inanities”. Without you, my book would never be what is today.

Not So Picture Perfect

My first, full length novel is now available at Amazon:

 

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New Orleans native and private investigator Yumi Matthews finds herself steeped in a murder investigation – a far cry from the vision of reuniting people with their missing loved ones. Still, she devotes herself to investigating these supposedly unsolvable mysteries as a way to distract herself from the haunting disappearance of her own brother 10 years ago. Yet, while at this latest crime scene, she unveils a bizarre clue into her brother’s cold case, which terrifies and excites her all at once. As she digs deeper into the case, the lines between reality and fantasy blur, causing her to question everything she knows. A cast of strangers gather around her, from the familiar Detective Joshua Boulliard to the new, and possibly dangerous, Ash. How far is she willing to go to discover the truth surrounding these mysterious clues?