The Romance Writers of America January Report was an instant must read for me. The article that caught my eye? “That’s My Book She Wrote!” by Erin Quinn and Kris Kennedy. What would they say about stolen inspiration, similarities in fiction and too much of the same?
See, I had a friend who wrote a vampire romance about 12 years ago. It had a love triangle, good and bad vamps, and old order group who lived in a little town in Italy my friend had visited numerous times and absolutely adored, Volterra. My friend didn’t get her book published, that didn’t stop her from feeling as if Stephanie Meyer stole her town in Italy (Images here). What sort of crazy coincidence is that?
Apparently, it’s the kind that happens every few minutes. It remind of me of the time I went to a writers critique group that never had vampire pieces except mine. That night there were three, and one of them even featured a blind a character, just like my new novel.
Or there was the time I finished my first novel and was doing edits, at which point I decided I was inspirationally safe enough to watch my first Vampire Diaries episode on TV, only to discover one of my vampire brothers shared the same name as one in the show. Rats! I spent a long time researching lore before choosing that daggone name. So what did I do? I went back to the drawing board (research from another angle) and changed it.
Now I refuse to read (or watch) whatever genre I’m currently writing. Changes may still need to be made, but I feel true to my story.