My mystery/suspense novelette, and thirtieth book, BEAUTIFUL BEAU MONTAGUE, is now available to readers.
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My crime/suspense novelette AMANDA’S PAYBACK is now available to readers from 29th October, 2017.
It can be found on the following websites:
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And now for my final cover reveal for 2017…
He was tall, handsome, with an alluring charm but one day, he disappeared from the spotlight, puzzling his many admirers in the process…Marisa Parlance idolizes actor Beau Montague, and has been disappointed since he left show business. She searches on the internet for him, and always comes up with nothing. Marisa’s friend Payton encourages her in her quest to find out more about Beau, but Marisa finds nothing but dead ends, inferring that Beau is deceased, or worse. Marisa takes the plunge to see if she can find Beau Montague where he was last spotted, but will her investigative work actually arrive at the truth, or not lead to anything at all?
BEAUTIFUL BEAU MONTAGUE will be available from late November, 2017 on your favourite online bookstore.
Today I warmly welcome author Jan Romes again to Marcia’s Book Talk for a guest post. Jan will be discussing how she arrives at ideas for her books, which is a fascinating process indeed, and something all writers have a different take on, making this an endlessly fruitful topic. For more about this, I will now let Jan elaborate upon the details in her great essay below…
Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
by Jan Romes
Recently, a relative tried to pin me down with this particular question. I grinned and said, “Ideas just pop in.” That answer wasn’t sufficient. She wanted more. ‘No, really. Where do you get them?’ As we rode around the campground on the golf cart, I explained more in-depth. (Her inquiry prompted this post.)
So here goes…
A hundred people can stare at an abstract painting and try to decide what the artist was trying to convey. Each person looking at it will most likely offer a different suggestion. Writers are kind of like that. We can look at a painting and form an opinion, which can morph into an idea for a story. The same thing can happen when we read a poem or newspaper article. All of us get a visual from something we see or hear, but writers take it one step further and add words to the mental picture.
My relative still couldn’t wrap her head around the notion stories come to me so easily. As we sipped on drinks and took in the sights and sounds of the campground, I told her a story was coming together at that very moment, which involved witness protection. She swiveled her body to look me in the eye. ‘You mean to tell me that riding around on the golf cart prompted a story about witness protection?’
And so it goes. I’m currently writing that story.
Another question she needed an answer to was, ‘How can you write about a fashion designer or an OB/GYN, when you have little knowledge of those careers?’ My response, “Ideas are easy; research not so much. Character and plot development are more difficult as well.”
In our conversation, I gave other examples of where stories can be spawned from: unusual architecture, a new place I’ve visited, revisiting a place from the past, a dream that won’t let me alone, a person I’ve seen in the park, a person I’ve seen while shopping, the atmosphere in a restaurant – the list is endless and the opportunities to write about them are great.
At the end of our talk, she shook her head with a smile. ‘I still don’t understand, but I’ll take your word for it.’
I’m passionate about writing and I love to talk about the process. I might befuddle you with my answers, but I’ll always try to explain things the best I can.
I’ll leave you with this quote by Anais Nin, ‘We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.’
Jan Romes links
Here is the cover reveal for AMANDA’S PAYBACK, adult psychological drama novelette due for release in late October, 2017. For more about my book, please read on…
Amanda Parkinson loves to shop at Johannsson’s, her favorite department store, but the staff there, specifically Magda, an older service assistant, have taken a dislike to her. Magda enlists the help of her lover, security guard Bellamy, to shame Amanda into not shopping there anymore. Matters take an unexpected turn when Amanda kidnaps Bellamy, aided by her brother Thomas, for a night of revenge, and humiliation, Bellamy will never forget…