July 9, 2014

Candis Terry Stops by!

Candis Terry author of the Sweet, Texas series stops by for a chat!!! So excited

The Good, The Bad, The Preposterous

Thanks so much for letting me stop by today!

I’m often asked where I get the ideas for my stories. I can tell you that for me, they always start with a character or a specific situation.  I’m not one of those writers where someone can tell me what to write and a brilliant idea just pops into my head. Which is why I probably never sold to a certain publisher who frequently gives their authors a pre-conceived story theme. In that case I would be an epic fail. Because if you gave me a topic like “Wrong Bed” the things that pop into my mind would be . . . insane. Probably funny. Most definitely unpublishable.

In my new release Something Sweeter, I knew I’d be writing about Jesse Wilder because he was next in line in my Sweet, Texas series. Jesse had appeared in two previous books so I knew his personality was far more easygoing that his brothers Reno and Jackson. However, when I first started thinking about what to do with him (Other than the obvious. Because in my head Jesse Wilder looks just like actor Chris Hemsworth aka Thor) I had to let the ideas simmer for awhile. All in all I came up with about three different ideas.

What do you do with a hero who’s great looking, has a great personality, and has a reputation with the ladies a mile long? For me, the answer was to give him a heroine who is totally not interested.

When Allison Lane (a wedding planner) pops into Jesse’s life he’s unprepared for a woman who doesn’t believe in love, marriage, or happily ever afters. She isn’t even interested in a one-night stand which most of the women in his life have been happy to settle for. Allison isn’t a woman who will settle for anything, and she’s got a complete agenda of her own which has nothing to do with the good looking veterinarian. It takes Jesse a while to figure Allison out. And because he can’t figure her out, he decides to try and change her mind. The events that ensue are some very funny moments. And much to the very handsome and charming Jesse’s dismay, Allison takes her sweet time coming around to his way of thinking.

As the author, when I finally type the end with a smile on my face, I know I came up with just the right idea for just the right characters. Somehow I think sending these two out into the Amazon Jungle to hunt for gold just wouldn’t have worked. It might have been fun, but for them it would have been preposterous.

Have you ever read a book where the story feel contrived? Or one where the characters were so perfect for the adventure that you wish you’d have thought of it?

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