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Laura Simcox | That Would Make a GREAT Romance Novel!

Permanent Ink
Laura Simcox



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August 2014
On Sale: August 4, 2014
Featuring: Blair Whitaker; Ben Lambert
ISBN: 1633750531
EAN: 9781633750531
Kindle: B00LRXROBW
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Also by Laura Simcox:
Various States of Undress: Georgia, January 2015
Permanent Ink, August 2014
Various States of Undress, June 2014

Real life is stranger than fiction. This statement is generally true, and I’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. I’m inspired by stuff my friends post on Facebook, like: “Entire Family Lives in a Giant Tree House” or headlines on Yahoo! like: “What Would You Never, Ever Do Again, Even for a Million Dollars?”

The tree house one…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, it’s for singles who want to meet people while traveling. Sightseeing, dinner….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. However…given the right angle, it would make a great romance novel!

I’m not saying I’m going to use the tree house, a million bucks, or Tinder as is—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, who’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 Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade. Some of the confetti (not official Macy’s confetti) was made up of shredded police reports and other confidential information. Oops. There isn’t much confetti in Celebration’s parade, but there’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 I’m SO curious to know…what would you never, ever do again, even for a million dollars?




2 comments posted.

Re: Laura Simcox | That Would Make a GREAT Romance Novel!

For a Romance novel, I would say that perhaps a good story
would be a woman who defies everyone, and goes off to find
the one man that she loves with all of her heart, no matter
what it takes. When she finally finds him, after years of
being apart, she plays it cool at first. He's smitten with
her, and after a short time of them being together, he asks
her to marry him. They move away from everyone to start
their new life, and the ending would be up to you. Even for
a million dollars, I wouldn't follow my Parents' advice in
matters of the heart. They gave me very little advice, but
more or less gave me orders on the person they felt I should
marry. That marriage ended in disaster, and after my
divorce, I married the man I should have been with from the
start!! We've been together now for over 31 years, and even
though it caused problems with my Dad especially, it was my
choice to make. Nobody told him who to marry when the time
came, and I should have been a little more headstrong at the
time. There are other things I never would have done again,
but this one thing, among others, bothers me a lot. You
can't reason with a stubborn man!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:46am August 6, 2014)

A romance novel should have two characters who can find some
common ground in their contrasting professions. I like the
ones that end HEA or leave you wondering, "What if..."
(Alyson Widen 4:03pm August 10, 2014)

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