As a writer, the question I’m most commonly asked is ‘where do you get your ideas from?’
My first book? I was between patients while working full time as a physiotherapist, picked up a glossy mag from the waiting room, flicked through and there was a fabulous article on speed dating. I’d only just started writing at the time and something about that article set off a little ‘ding’ in my creative brain and off I went.
Another book? Reading the Sunday newspaper, I came across an article in the travel section on hotel concierges, all male, and thought I’d make my heroine a hotelier filling in as concierge for a week and having to deal with a prince incognito.
Most of my books? From real life experiences around my beautiful home city of Melbourne. There’s nothing like first hand research and considering how much I love my food it comes as no surprise I’ve set many books around the ‘foodie’ areas of this restaurant-rich city. Brunswick Street (boho central), Acland Street (home to the best cakes and pastry shops on the planet!), Lygon Street (Little Italy), the Docklands (hip new eateries),all intriguing settings in their own right but once you throw in the food…yum!
So what inspired me to write my current releases THREE TIMES A BRIDESMAID…(Harlequin Romance) & OVERTIME IN THE BOSS’S BED (Harlequin Presents Extra)?
THREE TIMES A BRIDESMAID…came about after many trips to the Melbourne Aquarium with my kids over the last two years, and OVERTIME IN THE BOSS’S BED was inspired after lightning struck my house last year! (That scene in the book where Starr runs to Callum’s house after lightning strikes the cottage? Didn’t happen that way for me. My hero was away at the time!!)
Sometimes characters leap straight into my head, other times it’s the uniqueness of a setting that will tempt me to create a story.
So next time you read a scene in a book, who knows? It may have happened to the author and inspired them to write an entire book!
If you could ask an author anything, what would it be?
Thanks to the lovely gang at Petticoats and Pistols for having me! To celebrate my double release this month, I’m giving away a signed copy of my recent Romantic Times finalist for Best Harlequin Romance 2009, A TRIP WITH THE TYCOON. Leave a comment to be in the running.