Story Inspiration–Week 14 #MFRW Blog Challenge
My series story inspiration started with a ring.
Several years ago, the summer of 2012 to be precise, while totally stymied in my efforts to find a home for my contemporary romances, I stumbled across a call for submissions from Avon Impulse. They wanted a holiday novella, no more than 20,000 words, any historical period, and it must contain a ring–any kind of ring.
Thus was born my Christmas novella, Rosalyn’s Ring. I gave it a Regency setting, mostly because I like to read Regency romances, and I’d absorbed a great deal of historical trivia about the period. I figured I could shortcut my research efforts. (Um, no, as I soon learned! But that’s another story.)
Avon said “no thanks” to Rosalyn, but Soul Mate Publishing introduced her to the world in July, 2013.
My next book was a short novel, Bella’s Band, with a heroine who was an off-page secondary character in the first book.
Liliana’s Letter came next, but in story chronology, it’s a prequel, the love story of a secondary character in Bella’s Band.
And then came a new hero and heroine
My 2016 novella, The Marquess and the Midwife, grew out of research and reading on midwifery in the Regency era as well as my love for the secret baby trope. My muse found a completely new hero and heroine, but Lord and Lady Hackwell from Bella’s Band had to poke their way in again and play supporting roles.
The Hackwells will appear again in my next story, meddling in the hero’s and heroine’s business. This full-length novel, scheduled for release in May 2017, is the first in a new series. If you’ve read any of my earlier books, you’ll recognize the hero, Bink Gibson. I can’t wait to show you the awesome cover Cami Brite, of Brite Design, is conjuring up for Bink’s and Paulette’s love story!
And now, hop along with my fellow MFRW authors to see where they find their story inspiration.