I’ve noticed that a lot of readers are interested in inspiration. That is they want to know where a writer gets the idea for a story. I’m so happy to be back on Writerspace to talk about my sexy holiday release, REVVING UP THE HOLIDAYS and where that muse came from.
In general, with the early spring comes a call from the publishers for holiday books. Not exactly the time of year that most people are thinking about Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza, but for many writers this is when they will need to get into the spirit and get scribbling those novellas. We all love sweet, short, get-us-in-the-holiday-mood stories. I love them too. I wrote one last year, and I had no plans to write another this year. Not because I love them any less, I just didn’t have a story in mind for the holidays.
Most of the time, I get new plot nuggets from dreams or a series of everyday events that I think, Hmm that would be an interesting first chapter. But I always keep an eye out for the muse. She’s tricky and can strike when you least expect her. For example, REVVING UP THE HOLIDAYS came to me while I was on Twitter and a group of writers were tweeting about the new calls for holiday stories. Many of them were erotic romance authors and were planning sexy Christmas books for the November releases.
During the course of the chat, someone said there could never be an erotic romance based around a Jewish holiday. She said it wouldn’t work. Up until this point, I was only half paying attention, but that got my attention. I said, it could be done and immediately, poor, troubled Isaac dropped into my head as the hero. Hanukkah was the perfect catalyst for getting him back to his hometown and the girl who got away.
Giada came to me a few days later. She’d lost her way in life and Christmas no longer held any appeal for her. It was going to take a few miracles to get these two together by Christmas.
A few weeks later I had this wonderful novella written and submitted to my editor at Ellora’s Cave. REVVING UP THE HOLIDAYS is a very steamy erotic romance about two people who’ve lost their holiday spirit. It’s also about loss, family and of course love. I hope you’ll all find it as touching and inspiring as I do. Happy Holidays!!