Hello and welcome to our weekly hop. Thanks so much for joining us! It means so much! This week’s challenge comes from Clair Brett:
Where do you find inspirations for your book ideas?
Inspiration comes from so many different places. For example, for “The Dream Dancer”, I was working very late and thought about all the people asleep in their beds and dreaming. And I wondered what they dreamt about and what if I could see their dreams or…?
For “The Morocco Series” – we went to an escape room and the premise was that we were shanghaied and only had an hour to get off ‘the boat’ to free ourselves.
“Once Upon a Tablecloth” was inspired by Gordon Ramsey’s shows and both “Stay With Me” and “Hannah’s War” were suggested by my interest in the Civil War.
That’s the thing about coming up with ideas. They really are everywhere, people you meet, situations in life, interests. And what triggers ideas for me may not suggest anything to another writer. One of my favorite games is watching people and coming up with scenarios about them. It doesn’t matter if it’s actually factual—the fun is working my imagination. And, from there, new ideas are born.
That’s the joy of being a writer. Taking a suggestion or a thought or an experience and weaving it into a story. And then sharing that story with others.
Now let’s pop over to the fantastic A.S. Fenichel and hear about her inspiration. But first – you have to check this out!!!!
Emma – After my ex-fiancé trampled my heart with his betrayal, I’m officially done with dating. Being absurdly attracted to the guy who ruined my game day shirt with mustard from his hot dog at a ball game threw a wrench in my plan. Six months later, when his Christmas cocktail drenches the front of my dress, I’m positive this man is only perfect for a one-night stand. Don’t judge…it’s been a long dry spell. The last thing I expect is for the man to play hard to get, but I’m okay with him getting hard. Lucas – From the moment we collide and I accidentally smear mustard all over her chest, I can’t get this woman out of my head. But I’m only back in my hometown for a break, after the death of a friend. My life is in London, where I return to bury myself in work. When the beautiful blonde keeps surfacing in my thoughts and heart, there’s only one thing to do—move back to Roseville, New Jersey and convince her to fall as hard for me as I’ve fallen for her. Unfortunately, she’s on a self-imposed break from dating. Good thing I like a challenge.