Week 14 is already here and this week’s #MFRWauthor blog post is about how I find my story inspiration.
Good question, since I’m a new author.
My first book is a Kindle Worlds romance, in Stephanie Bond’s Southern Roads canon. To write for one of these Worlds, you have to keep to the original series settings and story line, so part of the work was already done for me.
This romance story just sort of evolved. I needed a way to keep my heroine in the Hero’s face. My hubby is an federal government auditor and they can spend a lot of time in one place when they are working on an investigation, so Jenna became an auditor who gets sent to town to work on a government grant. Wouldn’t you know it? Beau, her former flame and the-one-who-got-away, is under contract to the company Jenna is auditing and he’s in charge of making sure she has everything she needs for the examination… wink, wink.
My next books are part of a series that was born when Colorado suffered devastating wildfires two summers ago. I lived in Colorado for nearly two decades, so I know first hand what it’s like to be confronted with wildfires. My characters come from a small mountain town that gets virtually wiped off the map by fire. The first book, Meant for You, is my current work in progress and explains how the fire started. There will be a story involving search and rescue dogs, one about a dude ranch in the path of destruction, and one about wilderness adventure outfitters. The holiday novella is already written (because we authors have to work ahead!) and it centers around the town’s first Christmas celebration after the fire. Never fear, there are plenty more still rolling around in my head.
So, at least in part, it seems my story inspiration comes from the things or circumstances that are part of my own world. I’m anxious to see how the other authors in this blog hop find their story inspiration. If you are, too, click on the links below to find out.