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Veronica Forand | Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

True Deceptions
Veronica Forand



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True Lies #2

October 2015
On Sale: October 19, 2015
Featuring: Cassie Watson; Simon Dunn
270 pages
ISBN: 1943892598
EAN: 9781633754263
Kindle: B014CS5NIY
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Also by Veronica Forand:
Christmas Blizzard Rescue, November 2023
London Calling, April 2019
Heartbreakers and Heroes, July 2016
True Peril, March 2016


I never understood the question “Where do you get all those ideas for your stories?” Give me two objects, a location and a genre, and I can write a story. It’s never been difficult for me to create something new. Yet, hand me a carton of milk, and the chances that it ends up back in the refrigerator instead of the pantry or the freezer are pretty slim.

Two days ago, I entertained my entire spin class when the instructor started talking to me, and I didn’t respond. He called on me again, but I ignored him. My bestie, who always loves a good laugh at my expense, told me I appeared to be in a trance, my legs were moving, but my mind was far away. I know exactly where I was.

I was in a small town dealing with a man who was about to lose everything, his wife, his job, and all the goodwill he’d built over four years in the community. I didn’t want him to lose everything, and yet, the story needed to go in that direction. As I rode my bike, and the music blasted, and the instructor called on us to stand and sit and speed up and slow down, I tried to fix this man’s life, but ultimately, I couldn’t. I had to let him suffer. When I sit down at my laptop and transcribe the results of these visions, I hope I can find a scrap of hope to leave with him and with the readers.

This is how I find my ideas. I daydream.

I once drove my car four hours to visit a friend with a scrap of an idea in my head. As the miles flew by, the idea blossomed until I recognized the characters, felt their pain, and smiled at their successes. The story has been edited and modified, but those initial characters and their essence are still inside me and hopefully now on the page as well.

Ideas come easy to me. Sitting at the keyboard and writing them down, however, takes the majority of my discipline. And edits? They’re like a puzzle I work through to capture the essence of my visions and bring my readers into the world as I see it.

Give me two objects, a location and a genre, and you’ve changed the course of my day, because now that world will invade my mind and add to the whirlwind of ideas pulling me out of reality and into something magical.

Do you have visions of stories in your head, or has an author ever been able to pull you so far into a story that the world become a part of your treasured memories forever?


Win a copy of TRUE DECEPTIONS. It's easy, just add your story vision in the comments and you're entered! You'll also win a TRUE DECEPTIONS mug!

About Veronica Forand

Veronica Forand

A Bostonian by birth, Veronica Forand regrettably lost her Boston accent while moving from state to state and country to country. Cleveland probably had the most profound effect on her ability to pronounce the "r" in the word "park."

She does try to return now and then to visit family and eat long neck clams and lobster. Summers on Cape Cod are also high on the priority list.

Her experience in crime involves time as a court appointed attorney. Eventually, she switched fields to where bigger crimes take place, corporate tax. The allure of spending mornings in her pajamas homeschooling her children and writing fascinating fiction caused her to change careers again. Now that the kids are out of the house (in school), she writes romantic thrillers by day and is the perfect wife and mother at night.

Her experience in romance is limited to one man. Luckily, he's still finding ways to charm her by taking her on vacations to the south of France, Fiji, and the Green Mountains when time is short. Avid travelers, they love to roam with their kids across continents in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and the perfect piece of chocolate.

She's lived in London, Paris, Geneva, Washington D.C., and the accent destroying city of Cleveland. She currently resides near Philadelphia.




Temptation. Seduction. Pleasure. It's all part of the game...

After his partner was murdered, Simon Dunn was done with MI6. But the cold, violent world of British intelligence never lets anyone go free. Now Simon has been blackmailed into a new job...with a beautiful new partner who's going to get them both killed.

Robotics expert Cassie Watson is a newbie field agent with as much sophistication as...well, a pacifist, vegan computer nerd. Now she's abruptly thrust into the cutthroat world of espionage with a partner who is as cold as he is brutally-and brutishly-handsome.

But when their mission is betrayed from the inside, Cassie will be forced to place her life in the hands of the one man who's anything but trustworthy...

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22 comments posted.

Re: Veronica Forand | Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

I've always had a faulty imagination. If I get a scenario into my head, chances are, the character only gets as far as waking up and going out the door... Can't seem to imagine what a character would do once they're out in the world (probably because I've always had a boring life, home school home, or home work home--nothing ever exciting happens to me). Probably why I'm horrible at all kinds of writing because I can't elaborate well and I don't have much of an imagination.
(Lisa L. 11:39pm December 15, 2015)

I tend ti think too far into a plot in my head that O cant
seem to write it.
(Marissa Yip-Young 6:06am December 16, 2015)

My life has had enough excitement, that if I thought hard
enough, I could probably break it down into a series of
books, or at least novellas. At times I've even entertained
the thought, but have so much on my plate, that I don't have
the extra time to do so. I even had a teacher who told me
that I would make a good writer, but never acted on it.
Perhaps one day, I'll just have to sit down, and put paper to
pen, and see what I can come up with!! I hope you and your
family have a very Merry Christmas, and a great New Year!!
(Peggy Roberson 7:42am December 16, 2015)

yes I do get pulled into the story if it really good and if it's really good I don't want it to end
(Jennifer Beck 9:57am December 16, 2015)

Merry Christmas friends
(Emily Stemp 10:47am December 16, 2015)

I love reading, however I don't actually have any visions of stories in my
head. I guess I am just not that talented. However, everytime I read a book I
get sad at the end because I am so drawn into the characters and their lives
that I hate that I do not know what happens next. That is one of the reasons
why I enjoy reading books that come in series. I will usually get over it once I
am a few chapters into my next book, and invested into new characters!
(Lily Shah 11:33am December 16, 2015)

I love getting pulled into a story... the best ones make it seem like it is a movie playing in my head!
(Colleen Conklin 12:22pm December 16, 2015)

I become engrossed within the pages and cannot leave since the
novel is captivating.
(Sharon Berger 1:03pm December 16, 2015)

I love losing myself in a story. There have been some
stories which were particularly vivid for me. To Kill A
Mockingbird was the first to do that for me.
(G. Bisbjerg 1:51pm December 16, 2015)

I love that feeling of being swallowed into a book. I think the first book that
did that for me was Mistral's Daughter, many, many years ago. Merry
Christmas to you too.
(Veronica Forand 2:19pm December 16, 2015)

I easily get pulled into stories, but I have a very hard
time coming up with my own. I am not very imaginative.
(Carrie Edmunds 10:46pm December 17, 2015)

I am kind of hesitant to tell people this, but I have this
whole saga of a story in my head. I guess we're both kind
of alike. Ive put so much time into just daydreaming and
imagining scenarios that its scary XD Still, I really hope
to write a book about my "visions" someday!
(H J 11:14pm December 17, 2015)

It took me about forty years to get my rear end in the chair to write the
stories. Good luck!
(Veronica Forand 11:47pm December 17, 2015)

I am always falling into books, they take all your worry's
away for awhile.
(Sharon Sommer 4:08pm December 18, 2015)

My youngest daughter and I like to write together. We just
never took it a step further to see where it would go. We
get our ideas from dreams, day dreams, and life
(Beverly Beltz 5:25pm December 18, 2015)

Looking forward to reading this!
(Sandy Mangarella 5:47pm December 19, 2015)

I have a hard time writing letters, no way could I write a
story. Thank you for this chance.
(Sharon Sommer 9:23pm December 19, 2015)

It looks like a great book.
(Valerie Miller 9:02am December 20, 2015)

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
(Denise Austin 1:29pm December 20, 2015)

I would love to read this book and I put it on my TBR list. Love this giveaway!
(Bonnie Capuano 6:12pm December 20, 2015)

I like the writing thoughts. I have relatives who do things like that but they are narcoleptic not day dreaming. Granted we're not THAT close to the state border but I had a relative who was almost there when they finally woke up.
(Laura Gullickson 7:45pm December 20, 2015)

I always wonder how an author can be creative enough to
write a book! It seems so difficult! I do love to read,
though, and I'd love to read this book! Thanks for the
chance to win. Happy holidays!!
(Linda Herold 11:23pm December 20, 2015)

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