Story Inspiration

Leslie Hachtel is asking authors of RWW to share where we get our Romance Writers Weekly with coffe cup underneath and a mocha foam heart in cupinspiration for stories. Hope you’ve already visited Brenda Margriet.

Inspiration for me usually begins with the main character. Someone from film, TV or a book will deeply affect me and then I have trouble letting go of that character.  I’ll dwell on the qualities that enamored me, and infuse him or her with other traits I like. The evolved character is usually seated in my mind, before beginning the story. I will have envisioned a few scenes of their life and love interest before the written word takes to the page.

Businessman showing the superhero suit under his shirt with cityscape in the background

The hero tends to comes to me first; hence most of my books are mainly their story. Sometimes, even a picture will inspire me. If they have unique eyes, I’m drawn like a moth to a flame. Occupations are important in my stories and I tend to write about blue collar guys probably because it’s what I’ve been surrounded by growing up and in marriage. My heroes are not afraid to get their hands dirty, in more ways than one. LOL

As a pantser, I’m inspired by heading into the mist. Generally, I havefoggy path through trees an idea of where the story go but most details evolve as I write. The greatest joy for me in writing is when characters deepen the story in ways I’d not consciously considered. I’ll be typing away when a character will say something or think something that comes out of nowhere adding a new twist.  The story I’m working on now, I didn’t know the heroine’s brother was gay until she said it.

sunrise on beach through seagrassSetting is another inspiration for me. For years I’ve traveled to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for vacations and to visit family.  These rugged and beautiful barrier islands have become a part of me,  inspiring my beach branding and the Seaside Heat series. Making setting a character is another way for the reader to escape their day to day.

Now let’s see what inspires Leslie Hachtel.





A Rose by Any Other Name

Romance Writers Weekly logo with coffee cup and a heart in foam inside the cupThis week on Romance Writers Weekly I posed the question:  Tell us your favorite flower. Tell us why or write a short poem. Or if you’d rather, tell us about a flower used in one of your stories and include its significance.

A vase of multi colored roses
A double exposure of Maggie’s Collection

Since I’ve not used a flower in any of my stories, I’ll confide my favorite bloom. Let me start out by saying my mother, Maggie, had the greenest of thumbs.  The flower beds overflowed with Sweet William, Snap Dragons, Irises and monstrous Gladiolas I’ve not seen the likes of since.  She had to have grown them from seed because nurseries weren’t abundant in our suburbia back then, nor did we have the money.

She did have a couple of bush roses and a climber rooted from dad’s family farm in Santee, SC. Always prolific with blooms, the pale, pink beauty was my favorite and propagated my love of roses.

a blush colored rose in full bloom
“Blush” an 80s hybrid

Once married and in a house, I planted hybrid tea roses in the back flower bed. They flourished against the brick and baking afternoon sun. If it wasn’t for the constant fight with the aphids and the beetles, I’d probably still have them.  They provided many a bloom for various occasions and even gifts for teachers when my son was in elementary school.

Rather than a poem, I’ve posted a small gallery of recent pictures I’ve taken of roses. Now on to Leslie Hachtel joining me on the hop.



Seaside Heat Romance

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