IDOLS Blog Tour & Giveaway: How I Get My Writing Inspiration by Margaret Stohl

Posted 07/07/2014 by alicemarvels in Author Guest Post
Welcome to today’s stop in the IDOLS blog tour! Today we have the lovely Margaret Stohl stopping by to share her writing influences with us! Make sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom for your chance to win a copy of Idols!

How I Get My Writing Inspiration

by Margaret Stohl


My #nerdfamily

My family comes in all shades of nerd. I have caught my oldest daughter staying up until 3am on a school night to finish her paper mache cosplay helmet. My youngest has constructed three different sets of clay horns for her #homestuck fandom. My middle kid is spending all summer up to her shoulders in dirt digging for ancient Roman coins & teeth & sherds in Italy. I just came from Nationals and will soon head to Worlds for the Pokemon Trading Card Game this summer, where 2/5 of my family competes. We binge watch X-files, Doctor Who, Star Trek, BSG, Buffy and all things Marvel. Living in a house full of such passionate personalities is inspiring, everyday. They introduce me to new subcultures, technologies, genres, people, and events that change the way I think and find their way into my writing. My #nerdfamily and our #nerdworld inspire the kinds of characters I want to write — interested, engaged, offbeat, and happy to be themselves.


My travels

I have the most extreme case of wanderlust you will ever encounter. Airports are like my second home. In the last year I’ve wandered extensively through my own country, as well as the Philippines, Tokyo, Kyoto, Taipei, Prague, Budapest, Krakow, Rome, and throughout southern Italy. I travel because I am a thief, and I steal everything I see and hear and taste and smell and put it into my books. Sometimes I just sit in a café with a sketchbook and fill it with descriptions of the people who pass by, the way a visual artist might sketch them. Just as the Southern US became a setting in the Beautiful Creatures books, so did my own city, Los Angeles, become a key part of my futuristic Sci Fi thriller, Icons. I wrote the sequel, Idols, in a jungle near Chiang Mai, Thailand. My office was an open pavilion in the middle of immense teak trees, and because of jetlag I wrote in the darkness to the sounds of terrifying jungle noises. I spent the days visiting mountaintop temples and giving elephants baths—and all of that became central to the Idols story.


My books

I was the head of the Susan Cooper fan club in third grade. We met under the stairs and recited the poem from the front of the Dark is Rising. I have been waiting in a closet for Aslan to come rescue me for most of my life. Diana Wynn Jones was my personal hero. Everything I have ever read is as real to me as the places I have seen or the people I have encountered, and I’m as grateful to the books that grew me up as I am to my parents and family and friends and the other people who raised me.

About The Book
Published by: Little Brown
To Be Released on: July 8, 2014
Series: Icons #2
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The Icons came from the sky. They belong to an inhuman enemy. They ended our civilization, and they can kill us.

Most of us. 

Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas are the four Icon Children, the only humans immune to the Icon’s power to stop a human heart. Now that Los Angeles has been saved, things are more complicated – and not just because Dol has to choose between Lucas and Ro, the two great loves of her life. As she flees to a resistance outpost hidden beneath a mountain, Dol makes contact with a fifth Icon Child, if only through her visions. When Dol and the others escape to Southeast Asia in search of this missing child, Dol’s dreams, feelings and fears collide in an epic showdown that will change more than just four lives — and stop one heart forever.
In this riveting sequel to Icons, filled with nonstop action and compelling romance, bestselling author Margaret Stohl explores what it means to be human and how our greatest weakness can be humanity’s strongest chance at survival.
About The Author
Margaret Stohl is a lifelong science fiction fan, former video game designer, coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series, and author of Icons. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her family.
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The Giveaway
Thank you to Margaret Stohl and Little Brown, fans will have a chance to enter to win a copy of IDOLS at each stop during the blog tour (1 winner per book). Please be sure to fill out the form below to enter to win!  Please be sure to read the giveaway rules listed at the bottom of the form before entering. *US residents only

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    If I wrote a book, I reckon I would draw out inspiration from my family too. They are such an interesting bunch!
    I think it’s so cool that the author wrote the sequel near a jungle in Thailand! Also, I’ve given elephants baths too! It’s such a fun experience. 🙂
    I have yet to read the first book in this series, but it’s on my list of books to try in the future.


    Fun guest post. I have been wanting to read this one, but haven’t had a chance yet.


    I want to spend the summer digging for ancient Roman coins in Italy!!!! How amazing an experience would that be? I love all the shades of nerd in her family, makes want to ask her for an application so I can join the nerd ranks:) I still need to read book one in this series, I like to wait until at least the second book is out just in case there’s a cliffhanger to deal with. Loved this guest post!


    I loved this guest post, thanks so much for sharing it with us! I really want to start this series soon, it looks so good!


    I had forgotten about this new sries, bad me


    #Nerdfamilies for the win! This is an awesome guest post. I love finding out where authors find their inspiration, so thanks for this!


    I love that she’s traveled so much. She travels like I *wish* I traveled.


    This post was really interesting! I’ve been meaning to check out this series.


    lol – I would say that #nerdfamily is a pretty good thing! This sounds like a really good series. 🙂


    So need this one. Read and enjoyed the first book. Oh and I need to keep a sketchbook with me. I’m so bad at doing that. I just need to start a habit. Great post!


    Thank you for being apart of the IDOLS blog tour!


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    Haha, love the #nerdfamily confession. My family is pretty nerdy, too. I haven’t started this series yet, but it’s on the list. Thanks for sharing!


    Aww, I just love Margaret Stohl <3 She is SO hilarious and kind in person too! And her family sounds too cute. Love it!!

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