Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Guest Post Title: Anything And Everything—A Tale Of Inspiration


A song. A random conversation about the smell of hotel lobbies. A plate of
cheese sticks. A woman wearing way too much perfume. A commercial for a
local billiard hall. My sneakers. World of Warcraft. The forest. A pair of
Bunny ears and the case for the first Tomb Raider game.

Pretty random list, right? It probably looks like these items have no real
connection. It’s just a mish-mash of things grouped together with no
apparent purpose. But if you were to dig in and pick apart the inside of
my brain, you’d see they all share something important.

They were all pieces of inspiration for my debut novel, TOUCH.

Some inspired actual scenes—Black Lab’s This Night was the driving force
behind one of my favorites. Others inspired places and situations—Roudey’s
Pool Hall or the scene with the bear, for example. Of course there was
more to it. While writing TOUCH, something as simple as making Jell-O
could have (and did—watermelon is Kale’s fave, FYI) sparked something that
added to the story.

Anything—anywhere—any time—can serve as inspiration. If you pay attention,
you’ll see it. Even the simplest trips to the food store can result in
something awesome. Dialog ideas, scene ideas, and even character ideas
(where I live, lemme tell you, that can get pretty colorful… There’s a
local guy with a pink fedora, a feather boa, and a leopard print thong…
all I’m gonna say…). I guess, for me at least, it comes down to everything
in my life feeding what I write. Everything I do—everyday situations—I’m
looking at them with eyes wide open just waiting for something to click
inside my head.

Your turn. Share something that inspires you.

Author Bio:

Jus Accardo is the author of YA paranormal romance and urban fantasy
fiction. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her
husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald. Her first book,
Touch, is due out in November 2011 from Entangled Publishing. She is
represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

Touch Blurb:

"When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet,
seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity
to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue
eyes home.

Except there's something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower,
is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she'll
turn to dust if he touches her. It's not until Dez's father shows up,
wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez
realizes there's more to this boy - and her father's "law firm" - than she

Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation - an organization devoted
to collecting "special" kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons -
his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. Dez and Kale team up
with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they're
caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez
has spent her life keeping safe.

A secret Kale will kill to protect."

Title: Touch by Jus Accardo
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-44-2
Print ISBN: 978-1-937044-45-9
Release Date: November 1, 2011

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