Abigail and Mistletoe
by Karen Rose Smith
Q: Karen, once again, I'm taken by the originality of your story. You've got an unlikely hero and heroine in Brady and Abigail. He's a retired stuntman who is looking to get out of the limelight and she's a cosmetologist helping burn and accident victims who likes to be around people. How did you come up with the idea for the ABIGAIL AND MISTLETOE?
I always try to pick complementary conflicts so that my characters have conflicting goals. Because of Abigail's profession, she doesn't want to see anyone get hurt...or scarred...or experience trauma. Brady's former life is possibly all about that and his future decisions, too. So this conflict will...
The Doctor and the War Widow
by Viola Russell
Q: What's your inspiration for THE DOCTOR AND THE WAR WIDOW?
My travels inspired me to write the novel. I love London and Liverpool, two cities that played major roles in the book. I've travelled there several times. London is an extremely exciting city--steeped in history and filled with vibrant night life. I first went to Liverpool after my mother died....
Alpha Me Not
by Jianne Carlo
Q: Where did you get the idea for the White Wolf Series?
It was actually a given. I had just published my first book, Manacled in Monaco, and I received an email from Treva, a member of the 'QUAD' - the founders of Loose-Id, inviting me to contribute to their four year anniversary.
Honestly, I thought it was a joke, and forwarded the email to my editor...
Meant To Be
by Karen Stivali
Q: What's your inspiration for MEANT TO BE?
I was thinking about how people change over time and drift in and out of one another's lives. I'd read the saying "people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime" and I realized that you never really know who's there for which of those purposes. People you think will be in your life...
Mark of the Witch
by Maggie Shayne
Q: What inspired you to write The Portal series? Please tell us a little about the series.
I've been studying the ways of magic for almost twenty years. Witchcraft, folk magic, tarot reading, Reiki healing, superstitions, spells, law of attraction, the unexplained, all these things have always fascinated me. My love for ancient history, particularly the ancient near east (Mesopotamia) is...
Giving It Up
by Amber Lin
Q: Where did you get the idea for GIVING IT UP?
I love to read--romance, of course. One thing I noticed was a heavy emphasis on virgins or female chastity. I saw author Cecilia Grant describe it as the fetishization of female innocence. This makes sense in the context of a historical where the times were different, but I saw it in contemporary books,...
Lena's Happily Ever After
by Dixie Lynn Dwyer
Q: What gave you the inspiration for The Town of Pearl series?
I had written the Town Of Pearl Series with the original intention of having one book, Anna's story. However, the response was so positive and many readers insisted on wanting to know Stacy's story (A character in Anna's book) that I needed to continue. Upon doing so I began to really fall in love with...
Dudes Down Under
by Suzannah Burke
Q: What inspired you to write DUDES DOWN UNDER?
Inspiration does come in the strangest ways. I badly needed something to focus on whilst I was writing my life story "Empty Chairs." It was an emotionally draining book to write, often causing flashbacks to the horrific abuse I knew as a child. I wanted something so completely opposite to that to give...
Eos (The Samsara Chronicles, Book 1)
by Gabriella Bradley; Diana Kemp
Q: Where did you get the inspiration for The Samsara Chronicles?
I have some psychic abilities. One day a voice told me what I had to write. The guide's name was David and Diana and I think he may have been a writer many years ago. Diana was a screenplay and science fiction writer, I a romance/paranormal writer, and we'd been friends for quite a few years, often...
In A Chord
by Beth D. Carter
Q: Where did you get your inspiration for IN A CHORD?
The inspiration for IN A CHORD actually came from listening to a song title "Awake and Alive" by Skillet. The song opens with a violin and the contrast between it and the heavy rock was really cool. I immediately pictured this cute girl with pink tinted pigtails playing.
by Viola Russell
Q: First off, I have to say, I grew up hearing stories about the 'Sea Queen of Connaught', and was thrilled to hear about the subject of your book! What gave you the inspiration to tell Gráinne O'Malley's story?
I'd visited the West of Ireland on several occasions and loved it. Celebrating that part of the world and its people became one of my goals. When I learned about Gráinne O'Malley, I really wanted to research her and write about her. Ironically, she defied the conventions of the time while working...
A Wild Night's Bride
by Victoria Vane
Q: A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE is a fun, riotous romp! What inspired this story, especially the dare?
I love the Georgian era for its truly riotous living. It was not only a golden age for prostitution, but the Georgians were extremely heavy drinkers and would wager on absolutely anything. Shockingly, most of the worst offenders were amongst the uppermost elite in society!
As far as inspiration for...
Delighting In Your Company
by Blair McDowell
Q: I was blown away by the plot in DELIGHTING IN YOUR COMPANY. How did you come up with such a great idea for a book?
For many years I've had a home on the small Caribbean island of St. Eustatius. When I was building my small house, "out in de bush", with no electricity, no running water, on the lower slopes of a volcano with views of three islands in the distance, a friend, a local black woman, asked me if I wasn't...