Amanda's been talking about where writers ideas come from on her blog today, and it got me thinking to my own early efforts. And it was a bit of a shock to realise that, from an early teenager, I've always managed to somehow incorporate aliens, space or time travel.
It's a shock because when I first started to write seriously seven years ago, I focused firmly on straight contemporary romance (apart from my first M&B effort, which included a fallen angel but let's not go there). But thinking back, all my early stories were not only a bit on the weird side, but they rarely had happy endings. For instance, one of my space epics ended up with the crew missing the re-entry window and bouncing off Earth's atmosphere into goodness knows where.
In fact I used to bump off my characters on a scarily frequent basis!
So although my wip is entirely different from anything I've ever written before, in actual fact all I've really done is get right back to my very early writing roots.
So, Sara, are you sure you no longer want that motel in space idea, because I have to say the premise is becoming more appealing by the second!