If you ask a writer where they get their ideas, more than likely the answer will be everywhere. So true! Watching the way people gesture in an airport, catching interesting snippets of conversation at the grocery store, or being moved by a spectacular live musical performance. All fodder for the mill, where novelists are concerned.
And the really great thing about being a writer is that we get to travel and call it research. I’ve had some lovely experiences traveling, my most recent being on a Valentine’s Day Caribbean cruise. I know, I know. Rough life, right? But we’d been planning the cruise for nearly two years, and as it turned out, we desperately needed a vacation right about that time.
One thing I love about cruises, besides the great food and the chance to dress to the nines, is the opportunity to have new experiences during excursions. Ours included stops in Cozumel, Mexico, the Grand Caymans, and Jamaica.
My husband Joe had a double stroke last September and now walks with a cane, so we had to choose from a more limited selection, but we ended up having a wonderful time swimming with the dolphins and driving a dune/mud buggy. Er—I guess I shouldn’t actually say driving. Joe drove the first half and then everyone stopped to switch places. I made it in the driver’s seat for about two minutes before I was certain I was going to overturn our dune buggy in the slippery, sliding mud and enormous puddles. I had to yell out for everyone to stop so I could switch back. So, while I greatly enjoyed being the passenger under Joe’s expert driving, I discovered that driving mud buggies is not in my particular skill set.
But hey, now I know, right? And don’t be surprised if both of these adventures end up in a book somewhere.
Our favorite part of the cruise and the reason we booked in the first place was seeing our personal friends and favorite singing group, The Texas Tenors. There were multiple concerts and the opportunity to spend time with three of the nicest men you’ll ever meet. Creative well filled to the brim!
Which leads me to another favorite part of our cruise—our quiet, beautiful balcony. Joe had to rest more than he used to, which gave me the opportunity to take my notebook out on the balcony with a cold drink and enjoy doing one of the things I love most in life—write romance. (The odd expression on my face is due to another item definitely not in my skill set–taking selfies!)
This Christmas when the snow is falling and you’re by the fire reading Texas Christmas Twins, picture me writing the story while soaking in the rays in a tropical port. Cheers!
Deb Kastner’s next release is a Harlequin 2-for-1 Classics of a couple of her backlist books, Meeting Mr. Right and The Nanny’s Twin Blessings. If you haven’t yet read them, be sure to look for them in a store near you starting March 20th.