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Guest Post: author Jan Romes discusses where she gets ideas for her books

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…

Jan Romes, formal author photograph

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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?’

TEXAS BOYS FALLING FAST series by Jan Romes

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.’

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Jan Romes links

Jan’s website

Jan’s Blog

Jan Romes on Twitter

Jan Romes on Facebook

Jan’s Amazon Author Page

I Was Interviewed By Author Jan Romes On Her Blog!

I was recently interviewed by author Jan Romes on her sprightly blog for the release of my new book BLAKE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION.

Jan Romes, author photograph

My interview can be found at the following page:

Jan’s Blog: An interview with Marcia Carrington!

It was a pleasure being on Jan’s blog, be sure to check out her great books, see Jan’s website for more information.

Please enjoy the interview, and have a happy Saturday and weekend.

Marcia

Interview with author Jan Romes

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Jan Romes, author of the romance novels THREE DAYS WITH MOLLY, LUCKY DUCKS, THE GIFT OF GRAY, KISS ME, MARRIED TO MAGGIE, and ONE SMALL FIB, amongst her many works, and welcome her to my blog.

Jan Romes, author photograph

Jan Romes, author photograph

Welcome Jan!

Thanks for having me as your guest today, Marcia! I’m tickled to be here!

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Q: For how long have you been writing?

A: I’ve always been a daydreamer so I think it’s fair to say I’ve been writing stories forever. I didn’t give any serious consideration to those mental escapades until my kids were grown. My first book was published in September 2010.

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Q: Have any life experiences inspired you to write your books?

A: This is such a great question, Marcia. I’ve answered it before in previous interviews but each time I dig a little deeper. I don’t get a different answer, I get a broader answer. Here’s my newly refined-dug a little deeper answer: there’s not one thing in particular that inspired me to write, but rather a collection of things – family, music, a love for reading, and a strange fascination for words because they wield so much power. Words can stir so many emotions – love, hate, fear, anger, confidence, passion, etc. I love to watch people’s reactions too. I subconsciously save what I see or hear and voila! A story is born.

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Q: Each writer works in different ways with reference to writing. Do you have a writing program/schedule that works for you?

A: The only schedule I have is to plant my bottom in the chair every day to write. I prefer mornings because my thoughts seem to come more easily when I’m refreshed. After lunch I write for awhile too. When I get stuck on a thought or paragraph, I go for a walk or take a shower.

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Q: Do you have any favorite book genres which you love to read?

A: I write contemporary romance but I love to read all genres. I prefer stories with at least a little bit of humor.

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Q: I greatly enjoyed reading THREE DAYS WITH MOLLY, and impressed how the elements of comedy and drama were evenly balanced throughout the story. The characters also exuded a sassiness and forthright nature that was very fun to witness, but, at the same time, they were also very human, making them all the more identifiable to readers. What was your inspiration for writing this story?

A: I’ve always wanted to write a story with characters that are in each other’s space. That close proximity will either make them fall madly in love or make them want to kill each other. You can’t get any closer than sharing a tour bus.

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Q: Have you considered writing any short stories?

A: I’ve written two short romantic stories for Woman’s World Magazine. I have also written novellas. Lately, I’ve opted to write novel-length.

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Q: Do you have any favorite TV shows, either from the past, or still on the air?

A: I love watching NCIS and NCIS: LA. You’ll also find me cracking up laughing at The Big Bang Theory or engrossed in an episode of Shark Tank.

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Q: Are there any hobbies or pastimes you like to participate in when you have spare time?

A: I love to go for walks or ride bike. While I don’t have a green thumb by any stretch of the imagination, I like to grow veggies, sunflowers and tulips, and pumpkins.

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Q: Would you like to write stories in other genres?

A: I would love to write historical romance but I’m not sure I could put in the time with all the research needed for that genre.

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Q: Do you have any other writing projects, or new/upcoming releases, that you would like to mention to readers?

A: By the time this interview goes up on your blog, I will have book #2 in my Texas Boys Falling Fast series published. It’s titled, Keeping Kylee.

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I am certain you will join me in thanking Jan today for her time, and that we look forward to reading more of her works in the future. If you wish to contact Jan, she is available on:

*Twitter

*Goodreads

*Smashwords

*Facebook page

*Amazon.com

*Jan’s website

*Jan’s Blog

– Jan’s books can be accessed by clicking on the book covers below:

STELLA IN STILETTOS by Jan Romes

STELLA IN STILETTOS by Jan Romes

 

MARRIED TO MAGGIE by Jan Romes

MARRIED TO MAGGIE by Jan Romes

KEEPING KYLEE by Jan Romes

KEEPING KYLEE by Jan Romes

THREE DAYS WITH MOLLY by Jan Romes

THREE DAYS WITH MOLLY by Jan Romes

THE GIFT OF GRAY by Jan Romes

THE GIFT OF GRAY by Jan Romes

STAY CLOSE, NOVAC! by Jan Romes

STAY CLOSE, NOVAC! by Jan Romes

KISS ME by Jan Romes

KISS ME by Jan Romes

ONE SMALL FIB by Jan Romes

ONE SMALL FIB by Jan Romes

THE CHRISTMAS CONTRACT by Jan Romes

THE CHRISTMAS CONTRACT by Jan Romes

MR. AUGUST by Jan Romes

MR. AUGUST by Jan Romes

LUCKY DUCKS by Jan Romes

LUCKY DUCKS by Jan Romes

THREE WISE MEN by Nancy Ricker, Jan Romes and Laura Ricker

THREE WISE MEN by Nancy Ricker, Jan Romes and Laura Ricker

My Favorite E-books Read From July to December 2013

Today I have the pleasure of presenting to you those e-books which I found to be the best I have read in the period July to December, 2013. As with my previous round-ups of favorite e-books, I was in the extremely happy position of choosing these e-books, as there was a quality array of great stories from which to choose.  You can click on the book cover for the link to its Smashwords or Amazon entry, and for further information about it. So, here it goes, please enjoy my favorite e-books read from July to December, 2013!

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*ALL OVER AGAIN, by Lynette Ferreira, best paranormal romance short story:

ALL OVER AGAIN by Lynette Ferreira

ALL OVER AGAIN by Lynette Ferreira

*HERR MELBY MAKES COFFEE, by Gavin William Wright, best art house short story:

HERR MELBY MAKES COFFEE by Gavin William Wright

HERR MELBY MAKES COFFEE by Gavin William Wright

*DIRTY BOYS, by Kyle Adams, best male-male short story:

DIRTY BOYS by Kyle Adams

DIRTY BOYS by Kyle Adams

*THE END OF TIME, by Glenn and Sasha Gabriel, best suspense short story:

THE END OF TIME by Glenn and Sasha Gabriel

THE END OF TIME by Glenn and Sasha Gabriel

*WHEN THE FAMILY GATHERS, by James Hampton, best character study short story:

WHEN THE FAMILY GATHERS by James Hampton

WHEN THE FAMILY GATHERS by James Hampton

*ABSENCE, by Dean Murray, best short story romance:

ABSENCE by Dean Murray

ABSENCE by Dean Murray

*LUNCH BREAK SHORTS, by Ann Mullen, best short story compilation:

LUNCH BREAK SHORTS by Ann Mullen

LUNCH BREAK SHORTS by Ann Mullen

*IF LOVE WAS ENOUGH, by Regina Puckett, best drama short story:

IF LOVE WAS ENOUGH by Regina Puckett

IF LOVE WAS ENOUGH by Regina Puckett

*THREE DAYS WITH MOLLY, by Jan Romes, best romantic comedy novel:

THREE DAYS WITH MOLLY by Jan Romes

THREE DAYS WITH MOLLY by Jan Romes

*BEHIND THE WAX SEAL, by Loren Robert DiGiorgi, best family drama story:

BEHIND THE WAX SEAL by Loren DiGiorgi

BEHIND THE WAX SEAL by Loren DiGiorgi

*THE BOOK OF SOULS, by Mackenzie Brown, best fantasy novel:

THE BOOK OF SOULS by Mackenzie Brown

THE BOOK OF SOULS by Mackenzie Brown

*BREAKFAST IN BED, by Robert Zimmermann, best erotic flash fiction:

BREAKFAST IN BED by Robert Zimmermann

BREAKFAST IN BED by Robert Zimmermann

*THE TRIALS OF VIRTUE, by Jeff Joseph, best romantic suspense novel:

THE TRIALS OF VIRTUE by Jeff Joseph

THE TRIALS OF VIRTUE by Jeff Joseph

*A LODI KIND OF GUY, by CE Wills, best short story with a small town theme:

A LODI KIND OF GUY by CE Wills

A LODI KIND OF GUY by CE Wills

*EVERVILLE, THE FIRST PILLAR, by Roy Huff, best teen/YA novel:

EVERVILLE THE FIRST PILLAR by Roy Huff

EVERVILLE THE FIRST PILLAR by Roy Huff