January 17, 2023 – Day 16 of #ADayInMyLife @PTLPerrin 30-Day #Blogging Challenge 2023 @RRBC_org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

1-17-23, Day 16 In PTL Perrin’s Life

Welcome to day sixteen of A Day In My Life! Happy Tuesday!

Remember the two questions people posed to me and other authors when we shared about our books in various venues? I answered the second one, the one about my characters, on Saturday, day thirteen. Today, I’ll do my best to answer question number one: Where did you get your idea for your story? In my case, they were referring to my four-book series. Here’s my answer.

Climate change. Long before the Coronavirus outbreak, and long before the current political climate, earth’s climate was changing. My characters had special gifts and they needed something to use them for. What if the escalating storms, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and various other real-life disturbances featured in the news nearly every day, were caused by something other than humans?

Ever since I read Erich von Daniken’s Chariots of the Gods in high school, I have believed that we are not alone in the universe, and that the ancient aliens still live among us. If they are here, why wouldn’t they also be concerned with global climate change? What if Earth is their home for a reason? What if they can’t go back to where they came from? What if two alien races waged war before our recorded history, wiping out all records of ancient civilizations far more advanced than we are? It would explain a lot, wouldn’t it?

As I discovered real anomalous places on our planet, like Uluru in Australia and the Crystal Cave in Mexico, the Eye of the Desert in Mauritania, and the strange happenings around Mt. Shasta in California, I determined to add them to the story. Setting is important, right?

With so many bits of information to play with, my imagination went into overdrive, and the story came together.

Too much information? The short answer to the question posed to me is this: My idea for the story came from research. Oh, yeah. The aliens didn’t cause the climate to change, either. The secret is buried in the books.

If you’re a writer, where do your ideas come from? I’d really like to know!

Courtesy of Peace, love, happiness from Pixabay

Here’s my to-do list for today:

  1. Write my daily blog. (Check!)
  2. Read the blogs of everyone participating in this challenge and comment. (daily)
  3. Balance our checkbooks. (Okay, this is getting to be ridiculous. I mean, how much time does balancing checkbooks take? I WILL get it done!)
  4. Pack ONE bin full of Christmas and put it away. (I’ve packed THREE! One or two more to go before I tackle the tree.)
  5. Spend an hour editing my friend’s book.
  6. Get tax information together for four corporations. (Who am I kidding? I can’t even get our checkbooks balanced. But I did get 3 bins packed, so that counts for something.)
  7. Make dinner and watch a movie with Bill before turning in for the night.

Courtesy of Peter Fischer from Pixabay

Thank you for reading my blog today, and please visit my friends and fellow RRBC Bloggers at  https://ravereviewsbookclub.wordpress.com/rrbc-member-chat/


Patty Perrin (writing as P.T.L. Perrin)


11 thoughts on “January 17, 2023 – Day 16 of #ADayInMyLife @PTLPerrin 30-Day #Blogging Challenge 2023 @RRBC_org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

  1. You have an over-active imagination like mine. I wanted action and unusual settings for my vampire series, so I picked Disney World and Quebec as two of my settings. For my new series, I became obsessed with the Netflix series Haven. I’ve always loved Maine as a backdrop since Murder She Wrote. I added a curse, and The Blue Harbor Series was born.

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    • I LOVED the Haven series, Susanne! Isn’t it fun having an overactive imagination? What people see on the outside is nothing like the way our minds work. Settings give me ideas, and I see it’s the same for you. Disney World is unusual for Vampire stories, but I can see it. It would be pretty spooky at night, after everyone leaves. I enjoyed the first book of The Blue Harbor Series, and I love the cover of that book.



  2. Patty, my husband watches all the Ancient Alien shows, too. I’m not sure how I feel, but the Universe is so unthinkably vast, how can there not be other salient creatures? Whether, across the millions of light years between our worlds, they could make it here, the jury is out for me. Great post!

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    • Thanks. Maura Beth! I’m sure if they are visiting us, their technology is far superior to ours. At some point, they’ll reveal themselves. I hope we don’t push them to that point.



  3. I totally 100% share your belief that we are not alone, Patty. I love watching the Ancient Aliens shows. The clues are everywhere across the planet. I’m even more intrigued by your books now after this post. 🙂

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    • I think I’ve watched every episode, Jan! Some of them aired AFTER I wrote the books, and they covered what I wrote about! That was a bit disconcerting, but also confirmation that I was on the right track. Life is endlessly fascinating.


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