All She Ever Wanted: I was cooking dinner at the stove when all of a sudden I heard 'Don't get your knickers in a twist; this is only temporary...' and then I had two characters bickering. I had to shut off dinner and go write it down. Four days later, the book was finished.
Class Reunion: From a fan: Hey Kenzie, I really want to know more about this Brian Vellinger character....Six months later, I attended two reunions and when two classmates discovered they share a birthday....this story was born.
Off The Clock: I began attending my 1st writer's group, and after a couple of meetings, an anthology idea was tossed around. I came up with the first two chapters, presented them the next week, only to be told they were thinking of another setting. Cara and Austin wouldn't leave me alone, and then the anthology idea went nowhere, so I 'stole' the title and then Austin hijacked Class Reunion....suddenly I had a trilogy!
Teacher's Pet: I was challenged by friends to bump up my heat level, so I remembered the reaction I had toward my son's history teacher, and well, the rest is history....
Wild At Heart: News blurb about prison reform is heard on the radio. Suddenly 'Steve' is in my head telling me, "That's me. I'm trying to convince the town I've changed after my prison term...write my story!" I happened to be driving at the time, so a month later I was able to finally sit down and write it. Wasn't exactly the story 'Steve' had in mind, but I love it!
Appetite For Desire: I'd been watching Food Network. I also used my own country club waitress experience plus tossed in some fantasy:)
The Chosen series: Everything was going fine. Tricia and Brock had met, they spent the night together...all was going well until Brock suddenly told her 'I'm not from Earth'. I quit writing it for an entire decade! Then when I dusted it off and kept going, it spawned four more books.
If you're wondering about that Confessions Over Cold Eggs I mentioned last week, well, here's an excerpt:
“I’m sorry. I thought I could present my argument less emotionally. Just forget I said anything.”
“No, let’s simply salvage what’s left of our breakfast, then I won’t bother you again. Maybe I can stall the decision a little while longer, at least until I graduate next year. Then I’ll have my nursing certificate and can join a hospital in another town, where no one knows me or my background, and I can find another karaoke bar.” Ainsley put a bite of food in her mouth, then grimaced. “Ugh. This is cold.” She looked up at him again.
Gary felt laughter bubbling up, and saw the smile spreading across her face. “Guess we should have eaten before talking about your troubles?” He chuckled.
“Confessions over cold eggs.” Putting her hands over her mouth, she giggled. “This is my treat, so shall we start over?”
He shook his head. “No, they’ll just microwave our plates. Tell you what, let’s go back to the bar and I’ll ask Rachelle to whip us up two shredded beef tacos. They should be about to close down the bar for the night, and she won’t mind. She’s done it before for others.” Gary signaled for the server and scooped up both tickets. “No, I’ve got this,” he said when Ainsley protested. “Besides, I think you just helped me with something I’ve been struggling with.” He slid out of the booth and paid the cashier, then turned back to the stunned girl. “Let’s go.”