People often ask me where I get my ideas for my stories. The answer is from anywhere and everywhere—I’ve even dreamed the start of a book!
But I have a very clear memory of what inspired my June release for Harlequin Romance From Paradise to…Pregnant!
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My initial inspiration for heroine, feisty Zoe Summers and international soccer star Mitch Bailey’s story was a couple I noticed in a hotel where I was staying. (Beware—writers are always people-watching and taking notes!)
The man was drop-dead handsome, and confident and charming with it. Maybe he was someone famous that I didn’t recognise—who knows? His wife was very plain and reserved though elegantly dressed. He obviously adored her and couldn’t keep his eyes off her. She positively glowed with the aura of a well-loved woman. Just looking at them together made this romance writer smile!
It made me want to write a story about two people who seem to be total opposites with the odds stacked against them—and Zoe and Mitch came to life.
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Then I thought about how interesting it might be if they had met before—say at school—but were never likely to meet again as their lives had gone in such very different directions. And then what if they were thrown together by a natural disaster—trapped in an earthquake, for instance? To make it more interesting, what if there had been unfinished business from the past between them?
So I put Zoe and Mitch on the tropical island of Bali, unbeknown to each other staying in the same resort. Then an earth tremor hits… Maybe they seek comfort in each other’s arms—and maybe that adds a whole lot of complications they weren’t expecting that take them from one side of the world to the other!
I thoroughly enjoyed getting these seeming misfits together.
Have you ever had a disaster happen on your vacation? Or something surprising?
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From Paradise to…Pregnant! will be released on June 02, 2015 and is available for pre-order now.
Kandy Shepherd is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She lives on a small farm in the
Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her family and a menagerie of four-legged friends.
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