I was asked recently where I get my ideas for my books. Well, the short answer is: everywhere. The long answer is: I write the kind of books that I like to read, so I usually combine my favorite plot elements to create a fun/fast-paced story. For ROYAL CAPTIVE, I took one of my favorite islands, Cyprus, a handsome prince, a reformed jewel-thief, and tossed them together in an international heist. I like it when sparks fly between characters from the beginning. Makes my job as a writer so much easier. I really lucked out with this couple. Prince Istvan didn’t trust Lauryn as far as he could throw her. Once a thief, always a thief in his eyes. The second Valtria’s crown jewels disappeared, he was certain that she was to blame and went after her with a vengeance.
I love writing these royal brothers. They are honorable, brave and would gladly give their lives for their country, family and the women they love. I even set up a special page on my web site for them, I never thought I would be partial to prince heroes, to be honest. Originally, I submitted an idea to my editor about a couple of brothers who were cowboys. And my editor said: “How about princes?” So I really had to rearrange my thoughts, not to mention the plot, and the location that had to move from Texas to Europe! By the time all was said and done, I was looking at a brand new series. I’m so glad now that I took this direction! If reader mail is any indication, I’d definitely taken the right fork in the road.
Have you ever started out in one direction, then ended up someplace completely different? Was it a good thing at the end? Life sure can be unpredictable! But that’s what makes things fun. (Also, can give you gray hairs, but that’s another story.)
Thank you for having me here! Have a wonderful week,