Saturday, February 18, 2006

How do you get your story ideas?

I imagine every writer hears that question from time to time. It makes me shudder. Oh, no. How do I answer that? Tell her I dream them sometimes, say that it's just the way my crazy mind works, or lie and say I get them from the news? There's no simple answer. So, here's a few of my convoluted but honest ones.

1) I was daydreaming about this sinfully delicious desert my friend makes called Death by Chocolate. As I'm rubbing my tummy and thinking mmmmm... my eyes land on a book by Delilah Devlin. Thus "Death by Delilah" popped into my head as a title and a Halloween story followed.

2) Another friend was sharing her bad day with me. She was enjoying a fair, just walking along, happily chatting with her mother when suddenly, wham, she fell in a hole and twisted her ankle. Her mortification was tripled when the ambulance showed up carrying a hot EMT. After chuckling about my friend being "top-heavy" my book Heaving Bosoms was born.

3) About a week ago on a writers' loop, I was bemoaning my need to write a love scene when I wasn't in the mood. I just could get into it. Other writers shared their "tricks of the trade" and offered me a whole arsenal of mood changing advice. Yet another writer was lurking and told us all a few days later she had found a story idea out of our conversation! Should be a humginger! LOL.


Blogger Cyndi Redding said...'s contest time. In pre-celebration of my next Liquid Silver book, Sensation of the Seas, I'd like to give away a cruise! **Well, I would LIKE to, but I can't. (Sorry about getting your hopes up.) Instead, let me "create the mood" with a spa basket of ocean scented candles and bath salts. Ahhhh...

All you need to do is visit my website and give me a wave here in the comments section, mentioning something you saw there.

Experience an original Cyn

I'll draw winners after 5 PM est.

7:49 AM  
Blogger snowflake said...

Monster, I mean Cyndi, great interview with Christy!

8:53 AM  
Blogger Cyndi Redding said...

LOL! Thanks Jennybrat! BTW--for the drawing, can you e-mail me your e-mail addy?

Thanks, sweetie!


8:55 AM  
Blogger A J Matthews said...

Hi Cyndi! I can readily identify with the sometimes weird and wacky ways writers get inspiration. My book "Mr. Grey and the Hotel Ghosts" originated as a scenario for a horror/supernatural rpg I wrote and ran for my group years ago. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it, and the memory of the storyline stayed in my mind until I just HAD to write it down in novel form.

My other book, "The Ninth Wave," came in part from a Kate Bush album.

The fantasy writer Terry Pratchett speaks of "inspiration particles" like neutrinos, zipping through the galaxy until they impact a receptive mind. I can well believe it's true...

9:52 AM  
Blogger Rae Morgan said...

Hi Cyn--

Most of my ideas come from snippets of news stories or old legal cases I've worked on. I just sort of piece them together. LOL

For example, in No Secrets, a Coven book, I had continuing characters but I brought a meth case into it. We had a local girl stumble across a meth lab and was killed for it -- thus the opening scene in my book.

Rae Morgan

10:16 AM  
Blogger Cyndi Redding said...

Rae, you mean to tell me you've had cases involving shapeshifters, witches and wizards? That must be one hellova legal ride! Can you mediate while they're yelling at each other telikinetically? Do they sometime just up and fly away???? LOL. You forget I've read a good many of your books, my dear!

AJ, your stories sound cool! What do you have coming out with LSB?

11:03 AM  
Blogger robynl said...

*waving* to Cyndi; love the ocean scented items.
I love that you have your picture on your website(and in the link section the pictures of other authors) as this gives us more of an idea who you (and they) are. It brings us, the reader, more into your world.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Cyndi Redding said...

Hi Robin--yes, I agree a picture helps us get to know each other better.

Last Halloween I had an on-line party at ebooklove. To win the one of the seven author's books the readers had to send a picture of themselves in costume! It was a hoot and a half! The winners were dispayed on my website, and I we all got to knokw each other better!

11:34 AM  
Blogger A J Matthews said...

Thank you kindly, Cyndi! Mr. Grey and the Hotel Ghosts was released by LSB earlier this month. The next in what I hope will be a series featuring the same characters is Spirit from the Sky, which is on Raven's desk for approval as we speak.

MmmMm! Ocean scent! I live by the sea, and there's nothing so evocative as the smell of the sea breeze.

12:02 PM  
Blogger LSB Author, Darragha Foster said...

My Muse is a wicked, wicked man. He pops ideas into my head all the time. I quickly right them down. Most recently, however, my daughter gave me an idea for a romance...and I think it will work quite nicely as an addition to my Heavensex or Shadow Lover series.

Here's one thing: I'm standing in the grocery store looking at frozen veggies. Oh, joy. Choosing that which will fill my freezer. I spotted a bag of "Italian Cut Green Beans." Well...a whole young adult novel outline popped out of that. The daughter of a food processor mogol falls in love with a hunky Italian line worker. An Italian who cuts green beans...and there's a ghost in the factory. Great huh? LOL!

12:10 PM  
Blogger Cyndi Redding said...

That sounds exactly like what I'm talkin' about Darragha! LOL.

It's time to restock my PDA. I'll have to get something by you and Mr. Grey and the Hotel Ghosts by AJ!

I like to sample many different writers' styles. But you're killing my budgete with the series!!! (I've gotta write one some day.) LOL

1:28 PM  
Blogger Cyndi Redding said...

I just thought of something...You authors who write serials and kill my budget give a whole new meaning to the words, "Serial Killer."

Okay, so it wasn't that funny. Sometimes my muse cracks me up, sometimes she doesn't.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous shellya said...

Hi Cyndi. I've always been in awe of authors and how they make their stories and their characters so alive and real. It's truely an amazing talent that allows the reader to escape to story's world.

Checked out your site and enjoyed reading about your books. lol, Dyana from your free story Author, Author was funny. :)

1:46 PM  
Blogger Tina Holland said...


I love reading how different writers come up with ideas for their books. "The Pilot and the Pinup" was born out of a thought...What if EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) and the RWA (Romance Writers of America) held a meeting at the same time?

Other WIP's I have come from secondary characters who are desperate for their own story.

Many times it's a catchy title that prompts a story for me.

Every writer is different...which is great otherwise all stories would be the same.


1:51 PM  
Blogger Cyndi Redding said...

"The Pilot and the Pinup" was born out of a thought...What if EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) and the RWA (Romance Writers of America) held a meeting at the same time?"

If there were erotica authors at that meeting,we'd read some interesting new versions of the mile high club!

2:48 PM  
Blogger Cyndi Redding said...

Hey Shelly!

I like Dyana too. She's a character close to my heart. LOL.

Be sure to send your e-mail addy to me at for the drawing!


2:50 PM  
Blogger Cyndi Redding said...

And the winner is...drumroll--


Congratulations Robin!
You'll get 3 votives and 3 packages of bath salts. You can either have 3 spa days or one big, completely self-indulgent, fabulous spa day! Enjoy!


5:12 PM  
Blogger robynl said...

Wow, thanks so much. Doing the happy dance.

7:12 PM  

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