I’m a visual and so inspiration for my stories usually comes from a movie or a TV show. In the case of my latest book, it came from a picture. A sultry, sexy, smoldering picture.
It was probably around May of last year when I was surfing around, looking at pictures of sexy men. I wasn’t looking for inspiration, really–at least not of the book kind–but when I saw this photo…
…I was GRABBED.
My first thought? What are they doing? Why are they there? What is he thinking and why does she look like she’s being dismissed? And does that bother her? Does it bother him? Is this a relationship of convenience, comfort, or something more? Are they conniving a heist? Feeling guilty over a love affair? Or hiding from authorities because of a murder they’ve committed?
The questions led to all kinds of thoughts, and then BAM! The story idea hit me.
And then I saw this photo…
…and my creative wheels went into overdrive and the story finally got its teeth. I was in a 63,000 word story wonderland.
I’ve since finished wrapping up the first draft of that story idea, which has been shipped off to my beta reader for first-round editing. The story needs work, but man oh man, I’m loving the concept. It’s suspense, with some sexy rolled in. I mean, how could you not look at those pictures and feel a curious burn? Perfect combo, if you ask me.
I doubt many readers realize where their favorite author’s inspiration comes from, but let me tell you–it can sometimes be downright h-o-t when it hits.
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