That’s the line, right? Good authors borrow, great authors steal.
And I totally did. One of my main characters got up and went for an early morning run (he’s active duty, so even when he’s rolling out of his fiance’s bed in suburbia, there are habits.) However, as I’m very against both mornings* and running**, I needed a good source of description for suburbia by dawn’s early light.
However, Alma Boykin believes in mornings, and in the high arid plains of Texas, believes in exercising while it’s cool and the UV is not pouring down exactly like the rain doesn’t. So, I read through several of her descriptions of early morning walks, and, ah, liberally borrowed for scene setting.
And then I asked forgiveness, that being easier than permission. I think I got it. If I disappear, well, maybe I didn’t?
*Work offered me day shift, thinking that I’m senior enough I shouldn’t “have” to take swings. I didn’t quite make exorcising motions at them while yelling “Get thee behind me, Satan!”, but I did firmly turn down the “opportunity” to move “up” to a “better” shift. Ugh.
**I walk. I can walk faster across a one-million-square-foot facility than some people can run, but if you are running in industrial environments, things better have already gone pear shaped…
(Snippet removed to comply with Amazon rules about percentage of a work posted elsewhere. Now available as Blood, Oil, And Love )