Whenever I start a new book I look for pictures of people who might be inspiration for my hero and heroine. I'll add in other secondary characters--people, dogs, cats, horses. I also find pictures of settings, such as the beach, the mountains, a ranch or wherever the book is set. I look for houses, images of something important in the book, or clothes the characters might wear. I use Scrivener to write in now and it makes importing pictures so easy. I also use Pinterest to make a private board for each book. As soon as the book is published I’ll make the board public.
My most recent book, The Cowboy and the Doctor, is coming out in May. It’s the fourth Gallagher brother’s story. Dylan is the only one of the guys who isn’t a doctor. He’s very much the cowboy. I had so much fun with the pictures for it. I now know a lot about Norwegian Fjords, the type of horses Dylan raises. And I have lots of pictures too. Since there were dogs in the story, I had to look for them too.
I have several pictures of the hero but this one is the picture that inspired me every time I looked at it. It fits Dylan Gallagher perfectly.
Samantha should be in scrubs but I couldn’t find a picture of a woman in scrubs that I liked.:)
When I got the mock up of the cover I fell absolutely in love with it! Talk about perfect for the book!
The Cowboy and the Doctor
Dylan Gallagher loves playing the field. The only serious relationship he's ever had was with his horses and his ranch, and he had no intention of ever changing that... Until he met Dr. Samantha Striker, a challenge too tempting to resist.
Samantha Striker doesn't fall easily, not even for Dylan and his heart-melting charm. But she can't deny that the more time they spend together, the steamier their relationship becomes. Soon, she finds that their relationship is more than just simple desire.
When Samantha is threatened by a series of incidents, each one more terrifying than the last, she realizes that someone doesn't want her to be happy–with Dylan or anyone else. Can they find the man responsible before his actions turn from dangerous to deadly, and Dylan loses the women he's discovering he can't live without?
Do pictures ever inspire your imagination? Do you ever see a picture and make up a story to go with it? It doesn't have to be a picture of a person. There are all sorts of images that spark my imagination. What about you?