People often ask me where I get the ideas for my books. Ideas come from lots of places. Songs. News events. Dreams. What ifs. The possibilities are endless. No matter what the story is or how I discovered the idea, there is always a bit of real life in every story. I’m going to share some of them with you.
In the very first book I sold to Harlequin under the title, The Heart’s Homecoming, now reissued under the title, Second Chance Love, my heroine used a line that came from my husband who does not like country music. My heroine, who doesn’t like country music either, tells the hero as he selects music on her car’s radio, “My car doesn’t do country.”
The heroine in my book, A Match to Call Ours, the first book in my Front Porch Promises series, goes snow skiing with the hero and falls flat on her face the first time she gets off the ski lift. That happened to me in real life. In that same book, the hero’s twin daughters are the image of my childhood friend Rose and her Native American heritage.
In the fifth book of the Front Porch Promises series, A Song to Call Ours, the hero and heroine go to the Highland Games at Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina. That is something I did decades ago when I was in college.
In the last book in the Front Porch Promises series, A Place to Find Love, my hero and heroine take a business trip to Europe. I used our trip to Munich, Germany, Bruge, Belgium, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands, as a backdrop for their business.
Forty-some years ago, my husband took flying lessons, and on a solo flight he had to crash land his plane because a mechanic improperly hooked up the fuel hose. I used that scenario in my book, Hometown Dad, as the hero crashes his plane.
I don’t often set my books in “real places.” I usually make up a town near a real city, but in the first book in my Dalton Brothers series, Four Little Blessings, I used Amelia Island as the setting. We lived there for twelve years, and I loved the time I was able to spend at the beach. My characters take advantage of the beach on many occasions.
The Village of Hope is my latest series, and I created a fictional multi-faceted ministry that helps those in need. The ministry is set near Altanta, Georgia, and I used a couple of actual ministries as my inspiration for this fictional one. You might have noticed the hot air balloon in the top photo. In the second book in The Village of Hope series, the hero takes the heroine on a hot air balloon ride that takes them over the scenery north of Atlanta. Many years ago, my husband and I got to take a hot air balloon ride when we were in Napa, California, a thrilling ride.
In my latest release, Melody’s Resolve, the third book in The Village of Hope series, the hero loves to sky dive. We were at a football game some years ago where they had sky divers who were supposed to land in the stadium. As the divers jumped from the plane, one by one the shoots opened. Then one didn’t. Talk about heart in your throat. Then the auxiliary shoot opened. Relief. I used that in the book.
What is something from your life that you would like to see in a book? I will be giving away an ebook copy of either Four Little Blessings or A Match to Call Ours, winner’s choice, to one person who leaves a comment here. I will draw the winning name on February 28, 2023, at 9PM MST.
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