Goodreads asked Heather Anastasiu:

How do you get inspired to write?

Heather Anastasiu I generally am inspired to write by whatever I'm currently obsessed with - be it TV shows or things I'm reading. Like, I read Outlander and was like, oh my God, this is so amazing, I can't stop thinking about this, I want to write intense, emotional historical fiction! Or I'll be super obsessed with Dr. Who and be all like, oh my God, I HAVE to write science fiction! I guess I'm kind of a person of passing obsessions, lol. When I love something intensely, then I want to participate in the genre. Not to copy the storylines or anything - I mean, my historical fiction is WWII Romania, not 18th century Scotland!

Really it's the emotional intensity that creates the obsession for me. It's the characters who get stuck in my head and that gets sparks flying in my own brain for relationship stories I want to tell--both romantic and familial, and even political. Just whatever gets my juices flowing, ya know? This is what makes me not worry that I'll never run out of things to write about, because there's so much in the world to be fascinated by and life (at least my writing and artistic life) is the exciting journey of learning what will next strike my obsessive and artistic fancy.

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