Reader Question: Christine, where do you get your ideas for your characters and stories from?
Answer: Mostly from real life. True. I remember when Reckless Nights In Rome was first published, a reader said that she couldn’t believe any girl would jump out of a window to avoid the blind date from hell and that she preferred REAL LIFE. Well, it DID actually happen to a close relative of mine, not once but twice. When I was told the whole sorry saga, and after I’d stopped laughing, I remember thinking that it would be a great hook for a story… and the rest, as they say, is history. And no, I’m not telling anyone her name.
Anyhow, to get back to the question where my ideas/inspiration comes from…
I write things I’ve been through, seen, understand, lost, loved, hurt, hated, endured, and I place all of those life experiences inside a world that does not exist but mirrors the real world. Does that make sense?
I use those experiences to build and create real characters readers want to root for and care about, even when they make the wrong choice to try to fix a problem (especially the guys) and end up in an even bigger mess. And along with mirroring real life my characters are fun, sometimes insane, and when they make me laugh out loud, I can be pretty certain they’ll make a reader laugh, too.
In the old days when I was submitting stories, I remember an editor telling me to tone down the laughs, the family with the kids and the dog. Hmm. I hope she’s read SEAN because you guys laughed out loud at all that.
Most of all, I write from the heart.
I write about family, whether created by non-blood friends (like Nico and Bronte who embrace many into their fold), or the vampyres who are battling the greatest evil to save our world. At the core of all my books is the bond of family.
Speaking of family, we’re on the road to wellness after pneumonia and getting better every day.
Please continue to feel better.
Thank you, Dolores!
So pleased that you’re starting to feel better. I remember one winter Mom had the same problem and it took ages to get her well. I love your characters, they’re my comfort blanket when I need a good read !! Looking forward to lots of lovely new stories when you’re feeling well. ( I’m reading a lot at the moment to keep my mind busy !!) Take good care, hugs xx 😊💕
Yes, I’m on the mend and have good days and bad days, but feeling so much better. I’m fleshing out some new characters as well as bringing in reader favourites, too.
Thank you so much for taking time to comment.