New Project Reveal – Part 2: The Inspiration

Hello gentle reader,

this week again I’m taking part in the Tursday’s Children meme hosted by Rhiann Wynn-Nolet and Kristina Perez. It is “a weekly blog hop where writers come together to talk about whatever inspires them.”


In these posts, I share a little bit more about what I’ve been working on, a YA Historical Fantasy nicknamed Secret WIP. Last week the first part of this “Project Reveal” was all about Setting.

Today’s theme is : INSPIRATION.

My novel takes place in London, during the Victorian era. I had the idea for it years ago, and since then I’ve watched many films and TV shows which have helped me get a clearer idea of what story I wanted to write. Here are a few…


The Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

Crimson Petal and the White

The Crimson Petal and the White (2011)


Jane Eyre (2011)

Great Expectations

Great Expectations (2012)


Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)


Ripper Street (2013)


Peter Pan (2033)

Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Sally Lockhart Mysteries

The Sally Lockhart Mysteries (2006-2007)

Case of the Silk Stocking

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004)

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes 1 & 2 (2009-2011)

So this is what inspired me! I hope this gives you a taste of what’s to come in my Secret WIP…

What inspired you to write your Work In Progress? Do you find inspiration in the films or TV shows you watch? Feel free to leave me a comment below, and to visit the other Thursday’s Children posts here.

22 thoughts on “New Project Reveal – Part 2: The Inspiration

  1. sugaropal says:

    Cool! I love stories about the seedy underbelly of London if that’s the direction you’re going in… So far I’ve been inspired by cemeteries, the Salem witch trials, and a girl in a breakfast restaurant. My Secret WIP hasn’t even officially begun so I’m not talking about it yet 🙂

  2. Great collection of films – sounds very intriguing!

  3. Kate Michael says:

    Oooh, Sweeney Todd!! Curses, dark fairy tales, and steampunk inspired my current WIP (as you know, lol!) but also the elegance of the era that you’re steeped in with yours–I do love corsets. LOVE the clips! 🙂

  4. I love the look and feel of your inspired clips.I look forward to hearing more about Secret WIP. Sounds intriguing!

  5. christineallenriley says:

    I looooooooove Victorian clothing. I used to work in a theatre costume shop when I was in college. We had some stunning vintage pieces in there that were absolutely inspiring.

    Let’s see – I currently have two WIPs on the go. One is inspired by gypsies and the other by Lake Michigan. 🙂

  6. Great post. Between Ripper Street and Spooks, I would trust Matthew Macfadyen with my life, on instinct. And Michael Fassbender had to be the best casting for Rochester ever. Can’t wait to read your WIP! Thanks for joining us!

  7. Hmm… I’m sensing this WIP is a Sherlock Holmes-type detective thriller featuring Jack the Ripper??? 😉

    I’m a Star Wars geek, and I always look to the original trilogy for my inspiration. I watch and re-watch the Empire Strikes Back just for all of the awesomeness that’s on display — witty banter, characters with conflict, epic confrontations, betrayal, and even a little romance too.

    I think films definitely provide inspiration! Thanks for sharing.

  8. mysticcooking says:

    Great inspirations! My current WIP is actually inspired by an episode of a cartoon I saw as a kid. Funny how you can see something and then years later an idea just clicks into place. 🙂

  9. I LOVED Ripper Street! 🙂

    I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, but please don’t feel obligated to accept.


  10. C.Hill says:

    The Sherlock Holmes movies actually inspired my WIP as well. the darker side of my work was inspired by Daniel Polansky’s Low Town novel, noirish in nature.

  11. Lauren Garafalo says:

    All those movies!! I need to catch up on at least five of them. I love that all of us are all GAH THE CLOTHES.

    I am now even more intrigued by your secret wip. I can’t wait for you to reveal what it’s about!!

    • Lauren Garafalo says:

      Oh right – current wip was first inspired by a sign for Purgatory Chasm. TV & Movie inspiration – Coraline, Addams Family, Six Feet Under, and Dead Like Me to start 😀

  12. Susan F says:

    By the look of that inspiration, this Secret WiP is going to be good!

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