I have something I need to get off my chest and finally! Finally I can tell the truth. Writers get asked "Where do you get your ideas?" alot. And I make up something vague and try not to make eye contact because I steal all my ideas from Sarah Mayberry (shhhh! Don't tell her). But HIS WIFE FOR ONE NIGHT was stolen from someone else - my cousin Caleb.
First of all, I should point out that Cousin Caleb is a romance hero brought to life. One of the good heroes - not one of the cads with terrible backstories. Handsome, smart, a total adventurer but for some unknown reason has a fear of commitment. None of us understand it, but there you go. Caleb is a hydro engineer who has spent the last several years drilling and repairing wells in Africa. One very tense summer he worked in the Darfur region of Sudan. For those of you who might not know, this area is terribly dangerous. A vicious boiling kettle of almost every motivation for war in the world; race, religion, politics - you name it, they're killing each other over it.
Caleb told us that if the area was dangerous the crews didn't go out to the villages and that he was safe. Most of the time. But because he's a total adventurer, there were some stories that had all of us worried about him and his inappropriate sense of fun.
My hero Jack McKibbon in HIS WIFE FOR ONE NIGHT is based, loosely on my wonderful cousin. I found a way to explain his fear of commitment (a bad Mommy. When all else fails, give him a bad Mommy - though I should make it clear my Aunt Patti is a wonderful Mommy.). I gave him a crisis of faith, a terrible injury and then - just for fun - a wife. His best friend from childhood, Mia. They haven't seen each other in a year and have never had a real marriage, much less a wedding night. All of which Mia hopes to change. But that is for a different blog.
So, finally I can stop ripping off Sarah's books, and instead harvest my family members for story ideas. I'd love to give away three copies of HIS WIFE FOR ONE NIGHT - so please leave a comment. Writers out there - how many times have you based a character on someone in your life? And did they get mad? (Because Caleb is NOT going to to like that fear of commitment bit.) Readers - is there a story/person in your life you think needs to be in a story? Tell us because, what are the chances they read this blog? Really? I can't gaurantee I won't steal it...
I am a bad person.