That’s a common question for a reader to ask an author and I’ve been asked it a number of times. I wish I could come up with a good answer.
The truth is, ideas come from everywhere. In my first book, A PERFECT HOMECOMING, I wondered how a woman who’d never experienced true failure would react when her life fell apart. That’s how Ashleigh went from perfect, to her life falling apart, to figuring out how to cope and be happy.
When coming up with an idea for my second book, CATCHING HER RIVAL, my brain went to twin sisters separated at birth. Why twins? Probably because my sister and I, four plus years apart, are often asked if we’re twins. Then I added in the nature and nurture aspect of it and the idea was born. My heroine, Allie, got lost in the middle of her four other adopted siblings and tended to push the limits to get what she wanted. Then there’s her twin sister, Charlotte, the heroine of my third book (January 2016), who was raised an only child by an older, single mother. Charlotte wouldn’t think of doing some of the things Allie does. The twin sisters look exactly alike because of nature, but have different personalities because of nurture. Or would they have developed the same personalities even if they had grown up together? Maybe that question is a story idea I'll pursue at another time.
As I brought my current story idea to life, I wondered what would happen to a strong woman who suffered emotional abuse as a child. After I got it plotted, I realized it was a twist on Cinderella. Instead of going to the ball and meeting the prince who rescues her from her stepmother’s abuse, she left town to make a very successful life for herself. Now she has returned to face her past and she reunites with a prince of a man with wounds of his own to heal.
Story ideas seem to come to me more easily than blog ideas. Do you have a question you’ve always wanted to ask an author? That would really help me come up with more blog posts! Ask your question in the comments below and I’ll pick a lucky commenter on May 15 to win an autographed copy of my May 2015 release, CATCHING HER RIVAL. And come join the conversation in our Harlequin Superromance: Contemporary Romance with More discussion group over on Goodreads.com! We'd love to chat with you!