The question I’m often asked the most is, “Where do you get your inspiration?”
The answer isn't that simple. I'm inspired by a number of sources. It could come from the snippet of a news story I overhear on TV, a conversation at a cafe, from watching people in public, reading an article in a magazine, from a situation from my own life. Usually, these little snippets will spark a ‘what if' question in my mind.
‘What if’ this happened next, or ‘what if’ that person was faced with a dire situation. How would they react, what would they do? ‘What if’ cats could talk – as I often wonder when one of my cats curl around my feet when I'm I the kitchen trying to get my attention to feed them. (By the way, how do cats always know when its dinner time, even when I don't). The number of times I've trodden on their tails, you'd think they'd know to get out of the way. But they are only cats, not brain surgeons – hang on, ‘What if' cats were the only creatures able to perform brain surgery on Earth? Hmmm, the mind boggles.
For my story, ‘Another Christmas in New York', I was inspired by a workshop given by Sarah Mayberry in my writers' group The Melbourne Romance Writers Guild. She read us a passage from a romance she had for some time and has loved and repeatedly read. The title and author escape me at the moment, but I was inspired by her reading of the passage, which was quite humorous.
Because of Sarah reading that passage I thought ‘what if’ a hero met a heroine and listed, quite logically, all the ways he wasn’t attracted to her, to cover the fact that he was, quite illogically, falling in love with her.
I developed my character, David. A very serious, very busy, businessman who has no time for sweet-natured, relaxed chef, Marlowe. She isn’t serious, she smiles too much, she’s messy, far too friendly to everyone and not at all who he’s should be attracted to. What he doesn’t know, is that the heart isn’t logical.
Marlowe knows this, but David is hiding behind his strictly black and white mind, trying to ignore an old hurt that goes back to his childhood. He thinks he's well past his childhood because, quite logically, he's shoved it way back inside where it can’t hurt him anymore.
But he hasn’t. Not really. When he meets Marlowe who cooks food that takes him straight back into childhood memories, his first instinct is to run. But he can’t and he has to spend time with the one woman who pokes and prods this old wound until he can’t ignore it anymore.
He wants to run harder, but only sweet-natured Marlowe can heal him. David must face the fears he’s protected for decades because finding love is the only thing that will enable him to lead a beautiful, fulfilled life. The heart knows what it wants and needs to grow, despite what the mind might think.
I was also inspired to write a Christmas story and how that special time of year can help heal wounded hearts. I do believe that Christmas is a magical time of year where people feel they can open their hearts to the many possibilities of what they’ve ignored about themselves during the year. It is a time for reflection, for growth, for forgiveness (especially self-forgiveness). Sometimes the spirit of Christmas is the best time of year to heal.
I teamed up with my good friend and fellow author, Joanne Dannon, to write these stories. Our characters are linked throughout all four stories. Joanne's stories, 'A Magical Chanukah in New York' and 'Another A Magical Chanukah in New York' have been warmly praised and well-liked. I know you'll find them enjoyable too. You can visit Joanne's web site by clicking here.
I hope you enjoy reading, ‘Another Christmas In New York’.
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