Guest post: Finding inspiration in nature

With our regular contributors off on holiday, having babies, and sitting exams, we’ve got some fabulous guest posters lined up over the coming months. I’d like to extend a huge welcome to our first guest of the month, ST Bende. As well as writing about swoon worthy Norsk Gods, ST is an avid Disney fan and even has her own tiara! ~Stacey

Hei hei, y’all! I’m S.T. Bende, and I write upper young adult paranormal romances steeped in Norse mythology. My stories are modern day love and angst mashed up with ancient myth and legend. Writerly inspiration usually comes fairly easily, since I’m one of the lucky authors who isn’t working from scratch. Mythology writers, even modern mashup ones, get to borrow characters and situations from the Prose Edda — it’s kind of like the Viking bible. But on the rare occasion I can’t find inspiration in ye olde Norse text, I turn to the next best thing to get the words a’flowing: nature.

Without fail, I do my best writing after I spend some time in the woods. Or at the beach. Or even in the mountains! One of my hands down absolute favorite places in the world is a teensy tiny little town just a stone’s throw from Goonie Rock in northern Oregon. (Never say die! #Goonies) It’s just impossible to not be inspired with a front door view like this….

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… and a back door view like this. I mean, honestly. It’s just… perfect.

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I’m so in love with this particular spot that I cast the main character of my debut series, The Elsker Saga, as a small-town girl from one of the neighboring hamlets. And I gave the gods of my upcoming series, The Aere Saga, two earthly residences. One in this exact spot in northern Oregon, because it’s just so pretty . . .

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… and one here, in Humboldt County, California.

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The redwoods are absolutely magical, dontcha think?

What about you? Where do you feel most inspired? And what do you do with all of that creative energy? (If the answer is “bake cookies,” pretty please send them my way!! Mange takk!)

Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, S.T. Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of McVities cookies. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the books of The Elsker Saga. She hopes her characters make you smile and that one day, pastries will be considered a health food.

Find S.T. on Twitter @stbende, her blog, or send her an e-mail. While you’re at it, introduce yourself to The Elsker Saga’s Norse God of Winter, @UllMyhr — when he’s not saving the cosmos from dark elves, he loves meeting new friends . . . especially the human kind.


  1. I plotted the entirety of Melpomene’s Daughter while on a two-day holiday into the mountains to go caving. The lack of internet or phone reception probably helped, though. :p



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