It is a fairly safe assumption the creative process and inspiration are tied together. I have found inspiration through a variety of sources: anime, video games, literature, movies, etc. Their influence on culture, society, and individual creators is timeless.

The list below will continue to grow over time. Hopefully it will provide additional insight into how others can inspire us to find our own way in a sea chock-full of creative genius. Clicking on a name will open up a separate window to their website.

Terry Brooks

I remember picking up Terry Brooks' debut novel, The Sword of Shannara in a used book story when I was 16 years old; I have been a fan ever since. His writing style provides all the necessary complexities to deliver a satisfying tale, while not confusing the reader. He is the author of the Shannara, Landover, Word/Void fantasy series as well as the novelization of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

C.L. Kraemer

C.L. Kraemer is a multi-published author whose works cross multiple genres and editor. She has provided mentorship to me over the years and assisted in editing my own novel, The Cradle of Destiny. Her blog, Mistress of the Red Ink Pen provides advice and tips on writing mechanics plus a splash of humor.


Don Miguel Ruiz is a renowned spiritual teacher and internationally bestselling author of the Toltec Wisdom Series, including The Four Agreements, The Mastery of Love, The Voice of Knowledge, The Four Agreements Companion Book, The Circle of Fire, and The Fifth Agreement. I was given his book, The Four Agreements by a mentor of mine and it was one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. It changed my life and opened up my heart.


Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist who resides in Plum Village, a meditation center in southwest France. He has published over 100 books, including more than 40 in English. My first exposure to Thich Nhat Hanh was reading his book, The Miracle of Mindfulness. which had been given to my husband by his cognitive behavioral therapist. It not only changed how I view the world by myself as well and set me on my own path to self-awareness.