M&B Riva and Harlequin Presents Extra author Heidi Rice waxes lyrical about where inspiration comes from, why it isn't the most important thing in a story and her glamorous weekend in Barcelona and fiendishly finds a way to connect them! Make a comment and there's a copy of her latest book up for grabs.
That inspiration for writers is everywhere...
To misquote a certain great Kevin Costner movie: You have to build it before they will come.
Of course, once I got there, I immediately fell in love with the gorgeous insanity of the place: those lavishly sculpted fountains plonked in the middle of traffic-choked roundabouts; the labyrinth of alleyways accented with wrought-iron balconies and tiny squares where you can drink rioja and eat tapas into the night; Gaudi's gloriously deranged buildings springing out like wild flowers next to the geometric grace of 14th century churches; and the occasional edgy graffiti masterpiece spray-painted over ornate medieval grandeur. But while Barcelona looks amazing, what really makes any city is the people.
And it was those two key people moments I mentioned earlier that got me thinking about possible story ideas and characters.
So there you have it. Where I get my ideas from. Why inspiration is everywhere (especially in beautiful Barcelona). But also why it's really the story you build from that spark of inspiration that counts.
So I want to hear what has inspired you recently? And why? And I've got a copy of my new Riva Cupcakes and Killer Heels to give away to one lucky commentator.
Heidi's new UK Riva, Cupcakes and Killer Heels, is about to hit the M&B site in April and will be on shelves in May. Her latest Presents Extra, Surf, Sea and a Sexy Stranger, is also out in April in the US. Come talk to her on her blog, on Facebook, through her website or on Twitter (@HeidiRomRice)... Because she loves to natter, and she's a social media junkie.