Replay: Guest Post – Nicholas C. Rossis: Finding Inspiration

 Nicholas C. Rossis  is the award winning author of a number of books, including the superb Pearseus series that cleverly blends the best of Sci-Fi with elements of mythology and philosophy, as well as the delightful Runaway Smile, a children’s story in which a young boy discovers that the only smiles that matter are the ones that are shared.


Nicholas’ blog is a popular one; full of informative articles on writing, publishing and marketing, often tinged with humour and with links to a number of stories to read free online. Quite apart from that, he is a genuinely supportive writer and a nice guy. 

Finding Inspiration

writeratwork (2)Like many authors, I’m asked on occasion where I find inspiration for my stories. The answer varies. Many of them stem from a dream. Others, from something I’ve read, or even a song that I’ve heard. Usually, the initial idea bears little resemblance to the final story.

This is particularly true of short stories; one of my favorite genres. To illustrate my point, here is how I came up with each of the stories in my recently published collection, Infinite Waters: 9+1 Speculative Fiction Short Stories.

The Things We Do for Lust
Beware of Greek gods bearing gifts
As a Greek, I grew up with ancient Greek myths. I was listening to some theories about Greek gods the other day. Everyone seems to have their own theory about them, describing them from anything between aliens to Atlantis refugees. “The Things We Do for Lust” offers a light-hearted alternative. Trekkies will probably enjoy the many Star Trek references.

The Twist in the Tale
A confused woman meanders through a sleepy town. But not all is as it seems…
“A Twist in the Tale” came to me while reading on Alzheimer’s. What if the warped reality of those suffering from this terrible disease is actually based on fact? What if we pity them only because we can’t see the full picture?

James’ Life
A man with nothing to look forward to but oblivion, discovers it’s not that easy to escape his life.
“James’ Life” is lighter in nature, despite the heaviness. I was reading about advances in 3D technology. What if video technology evolved to the point of the characters having their own feelings about what was happening to them? How happy would they be repeating the same mistakes night after night?

What’s in a Name?
A cruise has an unexpected ending…
I thought of “What’s in a Name?” while listening to Little Blue by The Beautiful South. I wrote two versions of this story; one in a tropical setting, and a second in a science-fiction one.

The Lucky Bastard
How far will the luckiest man alive go to escape his luck?
I was going through a rough patch when I thought of “The Lucky Bastard.” Life can throw us a whole lot of curveballs, but where would we be without them? I started wondering how important these times are to us. Would we be able to appreciate a life with no hardship whatsoever? Would someone who has led a perfect life be happy, or deeply miserable, unable to enjoy and appreciate any of their achievements?

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Two’s a Crowd
Blood runs thicker than water. Especially when you spill it.
The idea behind “Two’s a Crowd” came to me from a comic I read as a young teenager, and that I was thinking about the other day. A man has a recurring nightmare. Every single night he fights axe-wielding monsters in a bloodied battlefield. When a monster kills him and the police find his body, they are baffled as to why anyone would commit murder with a large axe. However, once again, it is the nature of reality that’s really questioned here. “Am I a butterfly dreaming I am a man, or a man dreaming I am a butterfly?”, as Chuang Chou put it.

Is There a Doctor in the House?
A high school student just loves to experiment…
A late-night special lies behind “Is There a Doctor in the House?” It is the tongue-in-cheek story of a well-known doctor’s son. What would he be like, as an awkward teenager? Would he continue his father’s experiments?

Sex and Dinner
A timeless combination. Or is it?
“Sex and Dinner” was a Valentine’s special I wrote for my blog, stemming from a discussion with a couple of friends about the strange ways species use to procreate.

Would You Like Flies With That?
Nothing’s scarier than a supermarket.
“Would You Like Files With That” is pretty much copied verbatim from a strange dream I had. I simply added the Halloween aspects when I published it on my blog as a Halloween special.

Infinite Waters
A woman seeks her future at a carnival. She discovers more than she expected.
Finally, I wrote “It’s in the Cards” as a contribution to the Rave Soup for the Writer’s Soul anthology. It comes from another dream, and was published there in December 2014, and became the container for these other stories under the new title, “Infinite Waters”.

Author at Work

As you can see, an author can find inspiration in pretty much anything. So, if you see me sitting on a chair, listening to music and staring at a wall, please keep in mind that I’m not lazy: I’m actually hard at work!

Who is Nicholas C. Rossis?book photo NR_500
Nicholas Rossis lives to write and does so from his cottage on the edge of a magical forest in Athens, Greece. When not composing epic fantasies or short sci-fi stories, he chats with fans and colleagues, writes blog posts, walks his dog, and enjoys the antics of two silly cats, one of whom claims his lap as home. His children’s book, Runaway Smile, earned a finalist slot in the 2015 International Book Awards.

What readers are saying about Nick’s fantasies:

“Philosophical ideas woven into science-fiction stories that read like classic stories by the masters, often with a delightful, thought-provoking and unexpected twist at the end.”

“Phil K. Dick is up on a cloud laughing with glee”

“From the very first sentence I realized I was not reading a book, I was going on an adventure.”

For more on Nick or just to chat, visit him on:

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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35 Responses to Replay: Guest Post – Nicholas C. Rossis: Finding Inspiration

  1. Reblogged this on Barrow Blogs: and commented:
    “What if we pity them only because we can’t see the full picture? “A quote from one of Nicholas’ short stories – The Twist in the Tale. Having lived with two of my relative who’s suffered this dreadful desease, this question made me stop and think. A great interview..

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  2. Ali Isaac says:

    Great idea for a post Nick! Your shorts sound fabulous, I wish you the luck of the Irish with this new book!

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  3. Sacha Black says:

    Thanks for the nod Sue 🙂 I am putting this on my to read pile, looks good – Thanks to Esthers book of short stories – I’ve come to really enjoy them so I’d love to read Nicholas’s especially given its genre 🙂

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  4. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Sue Vincent hosts Nicholas C. Rossis this morning as he launches his new book Infinite Waters.. Finding Inspiration.. very interesting for all of us.

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  5. Thank you so much for the guest post, Sue! It’s been great being with you today 🙂


  6. Always fun to see behind the curtain. Though I’ve noticed many people expect an answer that is a story in itself. When you say it was a dream or that it came out of thin air, you sometimes get sad looks. Guess authors are expected to have adventures to create their adventures, so they can regale people with the tales.

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  7. I really enjoyed your interview with Nick, Sue. How wonderful to have such a fertile imagination, gaining inspiration from the most unusual things. ‘Infinite Waters’ looks like it is going to be a great read. 🙂

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  8. Interesting to see where your creative head goes. Do you find that it gets easier to come up with ideas? For me, they have to pop into my head complete, and that doesn’t happen very often.

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