Watching TV recently with my family, a commercial came on and my mom turns to me and says, "You should write a story about a zombie. They're popular right now." I sort of rolled my eyes and said, "Yeah, right." But she was right in a way. Zombies are pretty popular right now. Sure, no one is inviting them over for the holidays, but looking over the TV shows, movies and especially writing, zombies do seem to be a popular topic.
Needless to day, I wondered if using zombies might help increase book sales. I wasn't going to use a zombie to promote my book or anything, but I did start thinking of how I might work in a little zombie-like activity into my second book. Surprisingly, the idea of a zombie-type character can work even in my fantasy work. The beauty of creating your own world, you can tweak things to make sense even if they didn't start out that way.
The best part of it all was while brainstorming over how zombies might be worked into the plot, I made major headway in plotting out book two. I love how inspiration can strike from the oddest places. Rest assured, there is no zombie apocalypse in the future of The Vlandamyuir Chronicles, but thanks to crazy plotting I have a couple new story lines worked into book two. Who knew that zombie inspiration could be so helpful?