What Ideas May Come
Another question I'm asked by non-writers is where I get ideas for my books. For me, the question is not how I get the ideas, but how to sort through all of them to find the most compelling “What if?”--the one that captures my imagination, and hopefully that of my readers. Ideas abound. Good ones are a horse of a different color. I have an idea file chock full of rejects, some-days, maybes, and what-the-hell-was-Iffy-smoking! Yes, indeed, every once in awhile Iffy slips an idea into my head that really makes me wonder. That last one contained a talking Newfoundland dog, Coyote Angel, and a middle-aged woman on a mission. Scary stuff that. That idea isn't even on the back burner. I shoved it into the freezer so fast it never got warm. Although.... No. I'm not going there. Really! Do you see how Iffy sidetracks me?
I'm a pantser when I write. Mostly. That means I plot by the seat of my pants. I start with my characters and the idea of the story they want to tell and I start writing. When I'm really lucky, the plot comes with twists and turns, magic, mystery, and a lot of romance. When I'm not, the story is consigned to the Maybe Someday When I'm Really Bored file.
When the idea for FAERIE FATE first came to me, I had to let it sit and percolate in my imagination for a long time before it finally gelled to the point I could start writing. I knew my main characters, Becca and Ciaran, and I knew what they had to do to find their HEA, but figuring out all those twists and turns before they got there took awhile. I discarded a lot of ideas before the words flowed naturally and the story tumbled out. I'm pleased with what Iffy and I wrote. I hope you will enjoy it, too.
What is your favorite subgenre of romance? What keeps you turning the pages of a book?
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