Hi! Lindi here. My amazing friend and author Missy Tippens is guest hosting today. I know all of you will make her feel at home! We’ve known each other for 20+ years and have been through a lot together.
Hi, Inspy Romance readers! I’m glad to be here with you today. A big thank you to Lindi for having me!
One of the most frequent questions I get from readers is, “Where do you get your story ideas?” I usually just tell them I get them from everywhere and in various ways. But I thought it would be fun today to look back at my past books and remember where the ideas came from.
–From thinking about two completely opposite characters and deciding to throw them together to see what happens (a rich banker/diner waitress: Her Unlikely Family; Laid back construction worker/over-achieving pediatrician: The Doctor’s Second Chance ).
–From in-person experiences and overhearing conversations. Once on a flight, I watched a dad try over and over unsuccessfully to put a barrette in his daughter’s hair and suddenly imagined a single dad hero with a daughter at an age when she really needs a mom. I grabbed my computer, and on the rest of that flight, I planned a story pairing him with someone who really wanted to be a mother…or, what if she felt like a bad mother? (A Family for Faith)
–From issues God has been dealing with in my life (like control issues or trusting God’s plan for our lives). I sometimes come up with characters who are dealing with the same things. This is known as cheap therapy! ;) (Georgia Sweethearts; most of my other books.)
–From imagining a man who is clueless about kids having a baby dumped on his doorstep. This would be called a “fish out of water” story. (The Doctor’s Second Chance.)
–From dreaming up characters who have had a breakup or falling-out in the past. I love reunion stories and friends to “lovers” stories! (A House Full of Hope; His Forever Love; A Forever Christmas; The Guy Next Door; Her Valentine Reunion—currently in the collection titled Back To You).
–Characters who are competing for the same thing—a “two dogs, one bone” theme. (His Lone Star Heart—currently in the boxed set titled Cowboys of Summer; The Doctor’s Second Chance, where a baby is the “bone”; His Forever Love, where Granny is the “bone” :)).
–And most recently, I envisioned a woman who wanted a fresh start piling all her worldly belongings into a car and just driving north until she ran out of gas or her car died, whichever came first. (The opening line of that story came to me while in bed one night.) The idea of a character trusting God to direct a fresh start made me smile, so I went with it. This story also fits in the opposites attracting category because I made her a drifter and paired her with someone who had moved home to put down roots. (His Summer Valentine.)
You can see some of these stories listed twice. That’s because they do double duty in different categories by the time I’ve tweaked the plot. It’s part of the fun of writing!
What themes or type stories are your favorites to read?
To one commenter, I’d love to give away of copy of one of my books, winner’s choice, in e-book or print format from Amazon (please note, prize may vary due to availability).
His Summer Valentine
Opposites attract in this novella-length inspirational romance Book 1!
Willow Valentine is on a quest—granted, a crazy one. When her car breaks down in the middle of a 4th of July parade in the tiny town of Dahlia, Georgia, she can’t help but wonder if God was bringing her here all along. After the handsome Trent Meriwether comes to her aid, she’s tempted to believe God has. But she, like her dad, is the type to keep moving on. Can she truly avoid that Valentine itch and settle in this town, especially when she finds she’s quickly falling for Trent, a man with deep roots in Dahlia?
Trent has moved back to his hometown to make amends and support his family. Though his grandmother warns him the Valentines are drifters, he finds himself intrigued by Willow. She makes him laugh and feel hopeful for the first time in ages. But how can he look twice at someone so much younger, someone who could pick up and leave at any moment—even if she is like a ray of sunshine to his troubled soul?
Welcome to the small town of Dahlia, Georgia, where everyone feels at home!
Isn’t Missy great? She’s a Rita finalist and a Carol Award finalist. Her books are awesome, and so is she!
Thank you, Missy for guest hosting today on the Inspy blog!
After more than 10 years of pursuing her dream of publication, Missy Tippens, a pastor’s wife and mom of three from near Atlanta, Georgia, made her first sale to Harlequin Love Inspired in 2007. Her books have since been nominated for the Booksellers Best, Holt Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, Maggie Award, Beacon Contest, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, and the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award. Visit Missy at www.missytippens.com, https://twitter.com/MissyTippens and http://www.facebook.com/missy.tippens.readers.
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