Story Seeds

Love of Her LivesBy Sharon Clare, author of Love of Her Lives

I’m a gardener. I get such a kick out of planting seeds and watching stuff grow. I can walk around my garden and croon over a plant’s growth spurts like I crooned over my kids’.

Much like life, every story starts with a seed, too, one seed of an idea, one thought, one image.
I had a moment like that with my paranormal romance novel Love of Her Lives, a moment when a character seed started to sprout.

It started with a few misplaced things. Every time I went to grab something I needed that was supposed to be in its place, it wasn’t there. This happened a few times over a couple days, and it was odd stuff, things I couldn’t imagine my family touching. I kept thinking, I must have put my nail file somewhere else or lost my earrings or used up all the fresh basil. How did the car keys get over there?

One day it was a book mark. There’d been a bookmark sitting on the kitchen windowsill for a long time. I knew it was there. I saw it every day. So into the kitchen I went to grab it.

It wasn’t there.

Ack! No way. Another thing missing? This was getting weird. I looked around the kitchen. Did someone move it? I knew without doubt that bookmark had just been there. I wasn’t distracted or losing my mind, someone was messing with me!
As I had that thought, the bookmark fluttered to the ground in front of my feet. I snatched it up and growled, “Thank you!” It took me a couple seconds to realize that wasn’t normal. Bookmarks don’t appear out of thin air.

If this had been the first time in my life I’d experienced the unexplained, I might have been unsettled. Instead, the seed of an idea began to sprout. I started to imagine a character that messes with people. I started to envision Finn, the Elvin trickster in Love of Her Lives. Finn likes to play games with humans.

As I began to write the story, Finn took shape as a thorn in the side of the hero Calum. But Finn couldn’t annoy Calum without a reason. He needed a purpose for his games.

I also have a bit of an interest in kindergarten-level quantum physics. Years ago, I was intrigued by a segment in the movie What the Bleep Do We Know that showed how emotions affect the shape of a water molecule. You can watch that segment here: Dr. Masaru Emoto’s Water Molecule Experiments. To sum up, we project love and the molecules are beautiful, we project a negative emotion and, well, not so pretty.

Another seed began to grow.

I had a reason for Finn’s games. Finn is concerned because there’s not enough love on Earth, and the energy we release with negative thoughts affects the powers in his world, but none of the elven folk believe that us measly humans could have such an effect, so Finn starts match-making to bring more love into the world, tip the scales, and prove his point. (Taking a breath, the ideas steamroll sometimes.) He has a theory to prove, but ultimately he’s a trickster and loves to be entertained, so things don’t go smoothly for the humans he targets.

In a nutshell, that’s how Finn sprouted to life. So how does your garden grow?

20 thoughts on “Story Seeds

  1. Kay

    Sharon, great article! Don’t you love those ‘gardens’ that grow and grow 🙂 once it starts, there’s no stopping lol and the best part is those pesky weeds become the black moment….

    Thank you for sharing-love to reading it! Tweeted!

  2. Teresa Blue

    Yay! My garden thankfully is finished for the summer. All but the tomotoes and I can eat them until bleep freezes over cause I love ’em!
    I also love your way of thinking, Sharon. I believe wholeheartedly that those we’ve loved and lost walk among us. It’s such a fascinating subject. Glad you were able to ‘dig it up!’ : )
    Best wishes for much sucess!

    1. Sharon Clare

      LOL, Teresa. Dig it up. I have tomatoes for the first time in forever. So exciting to watch them grow.
      I agree, such a fascinating subject, I could ponder it endlessly and was fun to write about.

  3. Sharon Clare

    Nicely said, Kay! In my green garden, I’m trying to find perennials that don’t spread or wilt at this time of the year and grow in the shade. Although, I think these things may need to wait until I retire!

  4. M.J. Schiller

    Clever idea for a story, clever article! I like how you tied it all together at the end! You’ve got me intruiged! My books to be read pile is getting longer with each Crimson post!

  5. Carol

    Sharon, I had seen Dr. Masaru Emoto’s Water Molecule video before. Very interesting. It supports the theory that we manifest our own reality by how we think. Positive thinking will bring about positive results. I think it’s odd that his last name is Emoto which is so close to the word Emotion. Coincidence? Hmm. Okay, I shouldn’t turn this into a science project. I enjoyed how you likened gardening to writing. One little seed is like one little thought. Yet what they can grow into if tended properly. Great post, Sharon!

    1. Sharon Clare

      I agree, Carol. I think we do need to be careful where our thoughts dwell. Good point on Emoto’s name, hmmmm.
      I could chat on about this, but I think I need to water my garden before any seedlings wilt!

  6. Becky Lower

    If your book is anything like this post was, I’m on board and can’t wait to read it. What lovely imagery, equating writing to planting seeds in a garden. I’m going to use it on my sister next time she starts harping on me to spend less time in front of the computer and more time outdoors helping her with her vegetable garden.

  7. Sharon Clare

    Thank you for your kind words, Becky!

    I love it. You think that vegetable garden needs weeding, sis, the weeds in my story are out of control. Oh my, I think I need a little sunshine.

  8. SuperHappyJen

    I love Finn’s character. So delightfully mischievous. Also, googled the “What the Bleep do we know” segment and was amused to see Armin Shimmerman without his Ferengi ears.

    1. Sharon Clare

      Armin Shimmerman Who??? Oops, am I dating myself? I’ll have to watch that movie again. And thanks, Jen. I loved writing Finn. What a wonderful way to describe him, delightfully mischievous :)) I love it!

    1. Sharon Clare

      Thank you, Erin. Honestly some of the scenes in that book did make me laugh. There was one point where I thought what’s the worse thing I can do to Calum, and it hit me. It was bad, but I just had to do it.