Inspiration can come from anywhere. A quote, a passage in a book, something someone says to us… anywhere. Inspiration, however, in the literary world, usually means Christian-themed.
Back in Medieval times, the knighthood was based on the church. One of their primary vows was to uphold the church and its teachings. Some Medieval writers really make religion the forefront of their novels but I, in fact, don’t. Why? Because my guys live by the code more than the spout it. Actions speak louder than words, so I make sure their actions are decent (for the most part) and moral towards their ladies. Sure, my knights kill people. Real knights DID. That, to me, really doesn’t have anything to do with being inspirational. But their loyalty to their leading lady does; once they meet their lady, they are faithful unto the death. To me, that’s inspirational because we all want a guy like that. I think we want to BE like that. Actions speak louder than words, and at times, louder than religion. I write about heroes with a strong moral compass. That in of itself is inspirational.
Therefore, while my novels are not Christian based, I consider them morally strong and inspirational. What’s YOUR inspiration?