By Anna DePalo
Some writers need to ruminate a long time. This is often where the idea for the first novel or novels comes from. Usually characters are formed in your head, coalescing from a variety of experiences and stimuli over the years. Perhaps you saw a movie once…or read a book…or attended a show.
This method is exactly how the idea for my first book, HAVING THE TYCOON'S BABY, formed. I had the general idea of a family—three brothers and a sister—in my head a long time. I slowly developed different plot lines for them. They became the books HAVING THE TYCOON'S BABY, UNDER THE TYCOON'S PROTECTION, TYCOON TAKES REVENGE, and CAPTIVATED BY THE TYCOON.
On the other hand, to maintain productivity, particularly in popular fiction, it eventually becomes necessary to stimulate the imagination. Now any life experience can do this—traveling, meeting new and interesting people, or going through a big event such as having a baby or getting married.
But sometimes you need more targeted stimulation. In this case, you need to expose yourself to the types of experiences that would trigger ideas for the particular type of book that you want to write.
Are you into glitz-and-glam novels? Then perhaps subscribing to Vanity Fair or some other magazine covering the rich and famous is a good idea. Do you want to write thrillers? Then perhaps touring FBI headquarters is in order.
Since I write for Silhouette Desire, which is an imprint that often features wealthy, powerful heroes, I keep exposed to the lifestyles of the rich and famous. I subscribe to People and Vanity Fair. I check in on gossip columns such as Page Six of The New York Post. I read books such as THE SKY'S THE LIMIT: PASSION AND PROPERTY IN MANHATTAN, which focuses on the buying and selling of coops by celebrities. I keep up with The View on television.
For my current Aristocratic Grooms trilogy for Silhouette Desire, which starts this month with HIS BLACK SHEEP BRIDE, I started buying Tatler magazine, which chronicles high society life in Britain.
What about you? Where do you draw inspiration from for your writing or life in general?♥
On the verge of graduating from law school, Anna DePalo decided it was finally time to face a new challenge and write a novel. Her Aristocratic Grooms trilogy for Silhouette Desire starts with HIS BLACK SHEEP BRIDE (August 2010) and continues with ONE NIGHT WITH PRINCE CHARMING(March 2011). She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son and daughter. Visit her online at http://www.annadepalo.com/.