I believe all authors insert something of their own life experiences into their novels. In the case of romance, our heroes and heroines are sharing their most hidden wounds and most intimate thoughts with the reader. For me, my stories are a conglomeration of many incidents over time, frequently combined with current events. I call it “mashup” story development.
When I remarried, I had the great fortune to inherit two amazing step-sons. When I began writing this book, the oldest was returning to Iraq for his second tour. After hearing only a few stories about his first tour, I was scared to death he would come home with PTSD. That is why the hero of my story has PTSD. Again, fortunately, our son came home without injury (physical or mental) and is now in law school.
While our son was in Iraq, there was a lot of news about stem cell research and whether it was ethical to use cells from aborted fetuses to do the research. That was the final piece that tied together my story. Now I had a heroine with an impossible choice from her pregnant sister, a former-Marine hero with PTSD, a murder, a child with no identity, and biogenetic experiments. A “mashup” made for romantic suspense.
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