I discovered author Sherri Hayes through a review request for her book Hidden Threat. Sherri Hayes is an author that has promising talent. I loved her way of creating sexual tension between two characters that is just waiting to explode and that is one reason why I would recommend her books to fellow romance lovers.
Today Sherri shares with us how she comes up with ideas for her books. This should make for an interesting read because I for one continue to wonder and be amazed at the talent that authors remarkably show us readers of their ability to think up of twists and turns that practically have us on the edge of our seats, and all that just by stringing words so cleverly together. So without further ado, please welcome Sherri.
How do you come up with ideas for your books?
Ideas for my books come from everywhere. Hidden Threat came from a fairytale type story I’d been toying with in my head since I was fourteen. I didn’t want to publish a fairytale or a sci-fi fantasy, so I changed a lot of things to set it in modern corporate America. My Finding Anna series was a mixture of my new found interest in reading BDSM stories and some recent news coverage of the woman who’d been held captive against her will for eighteen years. As far as Behind Closed Doors, my newest romantic suspense novel, the idea began with a book cover I’d seen in a local store.
I find that my characters tend to develop first, then the plot. In Behind Closed Doors, Elizabeth’s character took hold before anything else. She was moving to a small town to start over. Why was she starting over? What made her choose that place?
Once I had that figured out, I had moved on to Chris. Who was he? What did he do? How could I begin to develop this relationship between him and Elizabeth?
The next thing I look at is who my ‘bad guy’ is going to be. For this story, the idea came from my editor. She and I had had a conversation about a completely unrelated story and I knew I wanted to incorporate it into my next romantic suspense. I just had to figure out how. Again, I had to figure out how she was connected to the two main characters and what her motivation to harm one or both of them was.
As the characters develop in my head, so does the plot. I’m able to come up with twists and turns I’d like to see take place.
Since I’m not an outline person, I then sit down and write. With the knowledge of who the characters are, their backgrounds, and their motivations, I let the story unfold. Ideas for additional plot lines always come up when I’m writing. Sometimes they get worked in, and sometimes they don’t. It’s just part of the creative process.
So guys and gals, Sherri is giving away an e-copy of her upcoming novel Behind Closed Doors, book 1 in the Daniel Brothers series which releases from The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House on the 9th of this month. I am right now about a quarter into the book and I can already tell that this is going to end up being an invigoratingly awesome read!
To enter the giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment letting us know one book that surprised you with how good it turned out. Easy right? And don’t forget to spread the good word to fellow book lovers like yourself!
- Giveaway begins: At 00:00 hours on February 4, 2012
- Giveaway ends: At 00:00 hours February 6, 2012 Maldivian time. [GMT +5]