Story Inspiration – #MFRWauthor

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.

Robin Michaela - Baby, Count on MeMy 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.

Meant for You - author Robin Michaela

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.

Happy reading!

13 thoughts on “Story Inspiration – #MFRWauthor

  1. Meka James says:

    I recently learned about the Kindle Worlds thing. Very cool you have a book in one of them.

    It’s true, the inspiration can come from anywhere and sometimes from where you least expect it.

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    • RobinMichaela says:

      Meka, not that you asked, but the rough thing about Kindle Worlds is that (a) you give up your rights to your character and your story. You can never use them in anything again, unless it is within Kindle Worlds. You can’t write another book and have them “pass through” a scene or anything. (B) You have no control over price, you can’t run a sale, you can’t offer it for free, and you are limited to only posting a maximum of 20% of the story ANYWHERE (your blog, etc). (C) You split royalties with Amazon and also with the originating author (so, I get 35%, I think, vs about 70% of a sale if I publish something that isn’t Kindle Worlds). (D) Amazon DOES NOT promote Kindle Worlds books. They show up under a category – say, romance – but, that’s it.
      The good thing about KW is (a) you get published within 24 hours, no questions asked. No one reads it to approve it (they DO run it through a plagiarism program). (B) If you get into the “right” World, you will garner crossover readers (those who love that World will snap up a book by someone who writes in that world, or so I hear (that hasn’t been my experience, yet).
      Not sure if I’ll do it again, but it was a GREAT learning experience and the original author has been supportive of the authors in her World.

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  2. Cailin Briste says:

    Most of my published and soon to be published stories are based on the first world I created. I write scifi romance, so I find it easy to slip into that world rather than world build from scratch. Characters or events in one story find their way into the next.

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    • RobinMichaela says:

      That’s so true! I write a rough story line first, then go back and expand on it. Sometimes, totally different situations come up when I do this (or when I’m writing the first draft) and the book ends up only partly resembling what I started with.

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  3. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I can identify with the forest fire scenario. A small logging town where I used to live in British Columbia got cut off from the world several years ago by fires on both sides of the only road through town. I didn’t see where to sign up for the linky list, but here’s my inspiration.

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