So what inspires my writing as of late? There is a lot that I draw inspiration from, but I thought I would share a few specifics and what about them I find so inspirational. So here we go:
It is an amazing time for television viewing if you are a geek like me. With shows like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Arrow, Gotham, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D available for my viewing pleasure, I have a hard time keeping up. However, as good as these show are, they’re not really hitting me in the writing inspiration department. For me there is one show out there that leaves me pointing at the screen and telling my wife, “damn, that is great writing.” For me, that show is Black List. The writing throughout the show is excellent, but where it really shines is in the dialogue of James Spader’s character, Reddington.
Damn. Brilliant. I aspire to that. Now I know that James Spader’s delivery has a lot to do with the awesomeness, but the writing is perfect.
I’ve really been hitting the anime a lot lately and the one that really set me off and inspires my writing right now is Mirai Nikki (better known as The Future Diary). The story is twisted and filled with surprises and complex characters. This series had me guessing until the end, and I was constantly hit with those, “Holy Crap!” moments as I watched it.
Yuno Gasai, the girl with the pink hair, is a character you will never forget.
This one was a little harder for me to come up with anything singular, so here is a list of soundtracks I’ve been listening to while writing. Take your pick. They are all great ones:
Macross Frontie by Yoko Kanno
Kill la Kill by Hiroyuki Sawano
Captain America: The Winter Soldier by Henry Jackman
Guardian of the Galaxy by Tyler Bates
Red Sonja by Ennio Morricone
There are more, but these have been the main ones as of late. So what is it that inspires you?
About Apocalypse in the Balance:
Five years have passed since the Angel of Death made a very public appearance in the middle of New Arcadia. Since then the city has become a hub of activity for the supernatural. Most people are blissfully unaware of the powerful forces at work in their city, and the darkness bubbling under the surface could not be happier.
Businessman and criminal kingpin Kohaku Hitaratsu finds his world turned upside down, and he is forced to seek refuge in the slums he left behind. He no longer rules the neighborhood that was the foundation of his empire and he must find a way to survive on the streets with little more than a pickup truck to his name.
When Kohaku finds his neighborhood and his new found home under siege by monsters better found in nightmares, he chooses to stand and fight rather than simply survive.
Standing up to the darkness draws the attention of forces better left alone, and Kohaku is caught in a tug of war between the all too familiar evils of his life and the light within that is struggling to get out.
Friends and relatives choose sides in his struggle, but ultimately it is the love of a woman that will determine his course and could decide the fate of the world.
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About the Author: Eric Swett is an author and IT professional living in Mooresville, NC. He is the husband of Tracy and the father of Zachary, Connor, and Kaitlyn. Eric is a rabid Arizona Cardinals fan and a lover of most things geek, and hes been before either of them were cool. When he is not writing or spending time with his family, he is reading and playing the occasional video game. His favorite authors include Ben Bova, H. P. Lovecraft, Robert Jordan, J. R. R. Tolkien, and L. Ron Hubbard. His favorite Bands/Musicians include The Beatles, KISS, AC/DC, Yoko Kanno, John Williams, and Imagine Dragons.