Real life is stranger than fiction. This statement is generally true, and Iâ€™m
glad, because a lot of my story ideas are sparked by headlines/posts/comments I
see on social media. I have a document pinned to my desktop, and its sole
purpose is to collect the random things I see and thoughts I have that could one
day blossom into stories. Iâ€™m inspired by stuff my friends post on Facebook,
like: â€śEntire Family Lives in a Giant Tree Houseâ€ť or headlines on Yahoo! like:
â€śWhat Would You Never, Ever Do Again, Even for a Million Dollars?â€ť
The tree house oneâ€¦okay, I have to admit that premise would be a stretch for a
contemporary romance novel, even though I write humor. But the second one? I
think the million dollars challenge would make a great romance novel, because I
can put a hero or heroine in that scenario and ask what if?
I saw this article the other day about an app called Tinder. Apparently, itâ€™s
for singles who want to meet people while traveling. Sightseeing, dinnerâ€¦.fill
in the blank. It could be completely innocent, or not, depending on the
traveler. Judging by the comments at the end of the article, most people thought
it was a horrible, dangerous idea and/or just an excuse to hook up with a
stranger. Howeverâ€¦given the right angle, it would make a great romance novel!
Iâ€™m not saying Iâ€™m going to use the tree house, a million bucks, or Tinder as
isâ€”and maybe not at all. But when two or three great headlines + imagination
come together, a romance novel can be born. For my latest release, PERMANENT INK, my heroine
Blair is trying to win a state-wide parade Fourth of July parade contest so she
can make a name for herself as an event planner and propel herself out of tiny,
weird Celebration, NY. When she meets sexy Ben, whoâ€™s hosting a tattoo festival
the same day as her parade, all bets are off the table. Part of what inspired me
to write about a parade is, of course, the name of the town where the novel is
set. The other part was an article I read about confetti at the Macyâ€™s Day
Thanksgiving Parade. Some of the confetti (not official Macyâ€™s confetti) was
made up of shredded police reports and other confidential information. Oops.
There isnâ€™t much confetti in Celebrationâ€™s parade, but thereâ€™s a lot of crazy
stuff going on behind the scenes.
How about you? What do you think would be a great romance novel? And Iâ€™m SO
curious to knowâ€¦what would you never, ever do again, even for a million dollars?
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