Authors, What Inspires You? Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Henrietta The Dragon SlayerWhat inspires you? Where do you get your ideas?

Do you get these questions a lot? I do!

Here’s what I told them recently:

I’m inspired by what movies and TV shows out there that feature strong women and girls, especially in fantasy and science fiction. Where I get my ideas, well, I get there from all around, and mostly from my desires and dreams. More on that in a future post.

Just tonight I enjoyed watching Lucy and Susan Pevensie in the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

…And, I just discovered the show Continuum on the SyFy channel.

Susan wields the bow and arrow with focus and precision, and Lucy has a dagger and her magic healing potion and courage.

Strong Women in Science Fiction

I just discovered the show Continuum on the SyFy channel.

Continuum, TV series, image from“A detective from the year 2077 finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver and searching for ruthless criminals from the future.”

Since I haven’t watched it yet, all I can say is that I’m intrigued. I love time travel and smart, savvy women.

SyFy [UK] Already broadcasting Season 1

SyFy [US] Premiering Season 1 Jan. 14th, 2013


If you’d like you can read more about what inspires me as a fiction writer on my author blog here.


Beth Barany is the award-winning YA fantasy author of Henrietta The Dragon Slayer. She writes to empower girls and women with her kick ass heroines who have to save the world against great odds.


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  • Debby Hanoka says:

    I don’t know where I get my ideas. They just come. And I’d rather not over-analyze things to the point of finding out. Some “mysteries of the universe” are better left that way.

  • Beth Barany says:

    Debby, I actually agree with you but have been working on an answer for those who ask.

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