Ask any author and they will tell you one of the most frequent questions they hear is, “Where do you get your ideas?” This was certainly the case for the authors at this year's Thrillerfest convention who took part in the panel Do You Suck Blood? How to Get Inside the Supernatural Head run by Heather Graham. Graham asked the popular question to the authors and got some very interesting answers that we thought we would share.
Author Jeannie Holmes said that she feels comfortable writing about the "other side" since she has actually lived in several haunted houses. The smells she has encountered — including smoke and perfume — while cohabiting with spirits definitely give her ideas for her own urban fantasy tales.
But you don’t have to have person experiences with the supernatural to read — or write — scary stories. Author Jonathan Maberry admitted to being a skeptic. He said while he may be “superstitious as hell” he was also taught that evil is a human concept. So, in order to become inspired for his horror stories, he oftentimes looks to old wives’ tales and other stories passed down through the generations.