Monday, August 25, 2014

Where Do We Get Our Ideas From…??

How many times are authors asked this question throughout their careers?? It must be the most frequently asked question whenever we are interviewed or meet readers. It is also one of the hardest questions to answer…most of the time.

However, if someone were to ask me that question today, I'd be able to wholeheartedly tell them exactly where the idea for my next trilogy or series came from. I am so excited, I can barely wait to get started but until I finish my current work in progress (book 5 in my Superromance Templeton Cove series), I have to be happy with just jotting down a few notes.

So what is my new idea, I hear you ask!

Well, after a recent overnight visit to Ireland…for afternoon tea with Nora Roberts, no less, I know I have to set a trilogy or series at Ashford Castle where my husband and I stayed. I will, of course, make the castle fictional…maybe even change its Irish location, but what a place! Pure, unadulterated luxury where royalty and visiting celebrities have been known to stay.

While we were there, the majority of the guests were from the States which made my job of writing the stories for the US market all the better. Ireland is romantic, magical and full of so many different characters, it is a canvas waiting to be painted in words.

Here are a few of the pictures of the castle…and of course, me and Nora! Keep tuned for my new series whenever I get the time to write it, ha ha!

What about you? What are your favorite locations that you've visited and have ended up being the setting for a Superromance? Or readers, what are some of your favorite global settings for our stories?

Rachel x


Mary Preston said...

I'm more than happy to travel anywhere & everywhere with my reading. That's part of the fun.

Rachel Brimble said...

Hi Mary!

Isn't it just a great feeling when you visit somewhere and immediately know you will write a story set there? The majority of my stories start with the setting and then I have to wait for the characters to talk to me… ;)

Sonya said...

Oh, wow. I’ve seen so many pictures of Ashford Castle; I was wondering what it would be like to stay there!

I like variety in settings. Sometimes it seems like books are limited to only a few places in only a few countries. After all, people fall in love all over the place!

Rachel Brimble said...

I couldn't agree more, Sonya! Even though my current series for Superromance is set in a fictional UK seaside town - I explore as many settings as possible in my writing...including Victorian Bath!

Snookie said...

visiting Ireland is on my bucket list.

Rachel Brimble said...

Ours was only a flying visit, Snookie so we didn't get to see much at all, unfortunately. We will definitely be going back soon!

Rachel x

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