Unexpected Inspiration

Posted at Oct 17, 2014 8:35 am in , , , ,

What is this? Am I really blogging? No way. *clicks around* Looks like I am. Don’t worry, I’m as surprised as you are.

Osburn-MoreToGive-17603-CV-FT-V4So here’s the secret about the life of an author. While you, the readers, are anticipating the next release (MORE TO GIVE, Nov 11), we’re finishing the one after that (HIS FIRST AND LAST, May 2015), and plotting the next. In fact, the characters for the third and fourth books of the new series are already chatting away in my brain. Those are books that won’t see the light of day until 2016 at the earliest.

The point is, authors are weird. But you knew that.

One of the problems with the books moving this fast is that the writer brain doesn’t always like to plot on cue. My characters come to me while I’m nodding off at night. I’m fortunate that they show up, but I don’t have any control over when it happens.

That means I have to stay open all the time. You’ve probably seen little memes on Facebook or Pinterest that say a writer never turns it off. If we aren’t writing, we’re thinking about writing, and it’s true. Which is why the strangest things can serve as inspiration.

I’m a channel surfer when it comes to the radio, and not embarrassed to say that a couple buttons in my car are set to pop stations. For days I’ve been struggling to lock down solid details on the plot of a future book, and to my surprise, Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea came to my rescue.

Cowboys2Their song Black Widow gave me the perfect structure for the story. If you know the song, you might have an idea where this is going. If you don’t know it, let’s just say, my heroine is not going to make life easy for her hero. Not. At. All.

Don’t get me wrong, I am super excited about the release of both MORE TO GIVE (Nov 11) and COWBOYS FOR CHRISTMAS (Nov 18). I cannot wait for readers to finally did in. There’s just this other little compartment of my brain that has moved on. And I really can’t wait for you to see where we’re going.

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