Today we welcome author Gwen Jones to Urban Girl Reader! She’s taking over and talking about where her story ideas come from and her newest release The Laws of Seduction which released from Avon Impulse in ebook in November and will be releasing in paperback on December 30th. Take it away Gwen………..
WRITER’S CORNER – Shopping for Topic
I’ve had people ask me where my story ideas come from. Do they drop like rain out of the heavens, or sprout beneath my feet like daisies? Do they barrel into me like a runaway train, or slip into my unconscious like warmth from a cup of hot cocoa? Truth be told, all of the above are correct, as I never know when an idea is going to hit me. But it’s also true there are several places where I go to mine them. Such as…
- History – Just pick up any history book, open a page and point, and there’s guaranteed to be a story in it. Take the Civil War, for instance, and a certain radish-eating Southern belle springs to mind. Or the Napoleonic Wars and hello! you have the Regency period in England. How many United States history books ever even mentioned the Prince Regent, “Prinny,” yet his era spawned a wildly popular American subgenre of romantic fiction. Imagine today forty years from now. Meet-cute on Facebook? Love it!
- News Stories, slightly libeled – There used to be a popular movie trailer come-on that went, Ripped from today’s headlines! Which nowadays has been slightly altered to read, BASED ON A TRUE STORY. It’s the same thing, but honestly, the CNN home page or a local newspaper (newspapers–remember them?) are still great sources for plots. In a further variation on the above history theme, don’t discount headlines of yesteryear, either. Rumor is writer Peter Benchley got an idea for his book, Jaws, from the 1916 New Jersey shark attacks that started on Long Beach Island. Who could argue with that success?
- Family – The original source of inspiration. How many of you have a weird Uncle Albert or a great, great Aunt Ada, the suffragette? Was your father a war hero or your mother a self-made CEO of a multinational conglomerate (if you’re the latter, have her buy you a publishing company, and never worry about plot again). As for my own family, I have an original ‘49er, a nightclub singer, and a somewhat tenuous relation to Wyatt Earp’s brother, Virgil. So believe me, you never know.
- Steal From Someone Else’s Story – Honestly, this is a viable option. Now, I’m not talking about opening up some New York Times bestseller and jacking right from the page. What I’m suggesting is taking a book in the public domain, and tell the story behind the story, what happens before or after, or from another character’s point of view. Jean Rhys prequeled Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre with Wide Sargasso Sea, and more recently, March, by Geraldine Brooks, tells the story of the absent father gone-to-war of the March girls of Little Women. Who hasn’t read a book and thought about an unexplored secondary character and wondered what their story was? Now’s your chance to clear it up!
- Take a Walk – Any walk, anywhere, from your own street to a street far, far away. Take in the sights, the sounds, the buildings and the people, sit on a bench in a park, in a cafe, on a bus, at a museum, on a beach, by a lake, on an observation deck. If you can, do it alone to keep distractions at a minimum, allowing yourself to absorb everything that floats, waltzes or rolls past you. Leave the phone turned off and the ear buds in your pocket, and let the milieu do the talking; you’ll be amazed at what it tells you.
Just a few suggestions, as I imagine there’s many more, but it’s enough to get you started. And for me, too, as you see, there’s this certain contest I’d like to enter, and rather than just…oh! You’ll have to excuse me! I just had a great idea, and—
The Laws of Seduction
by Gwen Jones
Series: French Kiss #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Avon Impulse (Ebook)
Release Date: November 18th 2014 (Ebook)
Release Date: December 30th 2014 (Papeback)
Format: Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
When Rex Renaud, the COO of Mercier Shipping, is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, he knows he’ll need a miracle to clear his name … and sassy lawyer Charlotte Andreko is the perfect woman for the job.
Charlotte has built her career defending pro bono clients against womanizers like Rex Renaud, and she’d much rather let him sweat it out in a jail cell than defend him in court. Yet Rex swears he’s been set up, and when he offers her a shocking sum of money in exchange for her legal counsel, the financial security is too tempting to resist. The court dubs Rex a serious flight risk—how many people have their own jet?—and he’s released on one condition: Charlotte’s his new jailer, and he’s stuck with her until his arraignment.
But when a bomb threat sends Rex and Charlotte on the run, neither is prepared for the explosive chemistry and red-hot passion that flare between them as they hunt for the truth about his arrest.