The Many Voices in My Head

Judging by the title, you’d think this was a conversation about my need for better medication. But that’s just boring. No, this is about the characters that come whispering to me about new story ideas, and since Rinda and I have written the Unbreakable Bonds series, the noise in my head has gotten quite loud… but only because the boys love to argue. I can’t tell you where my ideas come from. Sometimes I’m flipping through a magazine, sometimes I’m taking a walk, and other times I’m flipping the channels on the TV. It could be an image or a phrase that I hear that’s enough to spark an idea. This time, it was an avalanche of information pouring through my brain. It started as a new Unbreakable Bonds spin-off series idea, but to make it happen, I needed two other books to happen first in Ward Security, and insanely enough, I had two book plots pop into my head to meet that need. So at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, I started writing. I wrote a 3,000-word pitch that gave an overview of two new books for Ward Security along with a new series. It was 2 a.m. when I finally stopped writing, but I’m happy to say that the pitch included: “…, they fall in love, you let me shoot something or set it on fire, yadda yadda…HEA” This is why I love Rinda. She lets me shoot characters and set things on fire. But the pitch for the new series started with Lucas Vallois telling me a story of a secret meeting. Yeah, I wrote Rinda... read more