So today is my turn for the Ravenous Romance Ornery Eleven Blog Tour and my guest is…Elle Amery!
Hi all. It’s great to be here today! I’m Elle Amery, author of the contemporary erotic romance series Saving Sophie, Grace on Fire, and Tally’s Gift, published with Ravenous Romance. First, I need to shout out a huge thanks to Jennifer for hosting the Ravenous Romance author blog tour here at Jennifer’s Random Musings. The question for today is as follows:
“How do you get your ideas for your stories?”
Elle Amery: Many writers have a specific process in how they form their stories, and I’m definitely interested to read the answers given by the other authors on our tour. For myself, I don’t have one set way in which I get the ideas for my stories. I have taken a few things from real life, like in Tally’s Gift, in which the premise was based on a sexed-up male friend who had injured both hands and couldn’t *ehem*. I’ll be clear – I didn’t do what Tally did, but it did give me a great idea for a story!
Sometimes I’ll start a book off because I’ve imagined a great scene, or a romantic ending, and I’ll work the characters and storyline to support that scene. Other times I’ll create a specific character, and as I get more and more into his or her head, I discover their flaws, motivations, dreams, and obstacles. The story forms around that character. And once I even took a word I adored and created a short story around the word!
Sèphera Girón: It varies all the time. Sometimes headlines catch my eye, sometimes there are just ideas that pop out of nowhere that grab my interest.
Isabel Roman: Something someone says, movies, dreams, too much caffeine, too little.
Lisa Lane: Call me superstitious, but I believe in muses; ideas pop into my head at the most random of times. They always begin with the question “What if?”
EM Lynley: Sometimes from a dream. I love when I wake up with an image in my mind and then I try to figure out how those people got to that place, and I can build a whole story around it. Other times, just a word or phrase can be a good prompt, but then it still takes work planning out a story and characters.
C. Margery Kempe: The first few stories I did for RR sprang from specific calls for submission, e.g. Sex & Shoes, Men in Shorts, 12 Days of Xmas, etc. Novels generally come from things I obsess over for one reason or another,
Jamaica Layne: My ideas come from everywhere. And I often don’t know where they come from—they often just appear out of thin air.
Inara LaVey: Everywhere and anywhere. Past experiences, snippets of dreams, random conversations, fantasy fulfillment! One I got an idea for a short story while coming down off a migraine and inhaling traffic fumes on the I-5 Freeway. Go figure!
Savannah Chase: I get inspired by life and things that I read. Ideas hit me from something small as the name of a street to a photo. I have a very big imagination and my mind is always turning with new ideas and plot lines.
Angela Cameron: They’re like lightning strikes for me. They just happen. A dream, a movie, or something my husband says might inspire a character or a scene. The characters sort of run with it from there. I’m just a viewer in their theater, trying to relay what I see.
Neve Black: Conversations, thoughts, an idea. Very random.
And now for an excerpt from TALLY’S GIFT, leading in with this brief set-up:
Tally Bennett has taken precious time away from developing a new bath and body line, Naughty Body, to visit her best friend Sophie’s egotistical brother, Brett Huntsman, who in the hospital with two broken wrists and an ankle. However, neither broken bones nor pain meds can keep sex-starved Brett down—and in more ways than one. With casts on both wrists, Brett can’t deal with his ever-present “problem” himself. What else can a guy do but turn to his sister’s friend for a little “help”?
Tally blew out a puff of air. “Oh, for crying out loud. I try doing my best friend a favor, come all the way over here in the middle of the storm from hell to check on her brother, and instead of a polite greeting, I get asked for cheap and slutty sex.”
She stood up. “You seem fine. I’m going home now, calling Sophie, and telling her that her creep of a brother is alive, well, and full of himself as usual. Solve your own problem.”
“No, please don’t leave.” Brett’s voice took on an urgent tone, a sharp contrast to his earlier flirtation. “I’m serious about the sex. I’ve had this damned boner for hours now. Look at me,” he said, waving his hands in front of his face. “The casts go all the way to my fingertips. How on earth am I supposed to ‘solve my own problem’ when I can’t even get a grip?”
“Getting you off wasn’t what I told your sister I’d do for you. Plump your pillows, bring you juice, make sure the nurses were taking good care of you—that’s why I’m here. Put that thing away,” she answered, nodding toward his towering erection.
Brett threw his head back against the pillow and groaned. “Don’t you think I’ve tried? I can get it to go away for a while, but all I have to do is think about sex, and boom, it’s back.”
“Stop thinking about sex, then.”
“Yeah, right. Like that’s possible.” He groaned again, louder this time. “A hard-on is a great thing when you can do something about it, but it’s friggin’ torture when all you can do is stare at it and wish it would go away. Talk about blue balls—I think mine must be some violent shade of purple by now.” He shifted his hips back and forth in the bed, as if attempting to ease some of the discomfort.
Tally felt a smile start to form as she watched the tent pole trace a pattern underneath the sheet. The cocky smile had faded from Brett’s face, and he was starting to look as miserable as any man with not one but three broken bones and a permanent erection. She shook her head. She actually felt a smidgen of sympathy bloom for bratty Brett.
“You’ve really had an erection for hours?” she asked.
Remember to leave a comment; it automatically enters you to win an e-copy of the first book in my Quartzton series, Saving Sophie, a couple of Wyatt Bennett’s recipes (Grace on Fire) as well as perfume oil and bath salt recipes from my character Tally Bennett’s Naughty Body line (Tally’s Gift). We’ll also be giving away three $5.00 gift certificates for Ravenous on three random stops. You won’t know which ones until the tour is over, so visit as many as you can! And if you leave a comment on every stop in the RR Ornery Eleven BBT, you’re eligible to win a $25 gift certificate from Ravenous Romance!
Thanks so much for stopping by and thank you, Jennifer, for hosting us! Please visit Unbound tomorrow, April 20th, for another question of the day and our featured author Lisa Lane!
A big thanks to Elle and all of the other authors!
Don’t those prizes sound great? Go ahead and leave your comment…I’ll announce the winner of Elle’s giveaway here on my blog Tuesday!
And be sure to hit all the stops on the blog tour!
E.T.A. I just learned that Monday’s post can be found here: http://www.danafredsti.com/blog/?p=326