Artists of every kind find inspiration everywhere. Whether it is from nature and the world at large, personal experience, other forms of art, or a desire to pay homage to, imitate, or even improve upon the very art form they work with, they find motivation to make their own creation. I am not any different. I’m more of a movie guy, actually. If I had the opportunity or means to make movies I probably would. When I write, I have a movie reel playing in my head playing out the scenes of which I’m thinking. I first see it as live action and then I do my best to translate it to the written form so I can share it with the outside world. I do my best to capture the sights, sounds, smells, and touch to make it as real as possible in order to put the reader in the scene. When I’m inspired by movies I think to myself, “Wow, what a cool movie…but I would have done it this way or that way,” and I start forming my own ideas. Likewise, I feel the same way about books. Certain ideas presented in a book pique my curiosity and I start thinking about how I could apply it to an idea bouncing around my head. When I’m inspired by music I think, “Nice song. That would make great background music to this or that sort of scene.”  When I want to flesh out a character, I think of all the similar kinds of characters from books and movies and I pick and choose the various characteristics that would best apply to the character I’m constructing. Characters portrayed by actors Alan Rickman, Tim Roth, and Gary Oldman, and any number of Stephen King’s “Man in Black” characters have greatly contributed to the existence of my own villain, Loki. Listed here are books, movies, and music that all have inspired me in creating my book. Look them over and see if you can spot what of each can be found in Echoes of Avalon. Or, maybe you will be inspired yourself.