PHS is delighted to have Harlequin Nocturne author Karen Whiddon visit and explain what inspires her.
What inspires me to write? Since writing is my full-time job and my sole means of support, that in itself is motivation for me to sit down at the keyboard.
But, since I think this question is directed more towards what inspires each particular story, for me it’s the characters. Often I’ll be working on a book and a secondary character will pop up and refuse to go away. For example, I was working on The Lost Wolf’s Destiny, my Harlequin Nocturne that came out in September 2013, the hero’s sister (believed dead, but held captive by a deranged step-father) and one of the men who rescued her begged for their own story. In fact, they took over the last part of that book and I had to do extensive rewriting before I could send it in.
I couldn’t wait to write their story and I am happy it’s coming out now – in my April Nocturne, The Wolf Siren.
Since my first book was published in 1997, I’ve published over 35 books. Each book was inspired by something – that ever elusive idea had a spark. It might have been a story in the news, or a TV show with a particular plot line that went undeveloped.
Scenery also fuels my muse. I love nature and can write sitting in my swing in my suburban backyard or in a lawn chair out at our camper by the lake.
And finally music. For most of my books, I make an ITunes playlist. I find Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, and other very inspirational, LOL. Sometimes a word or a phrase or a video – hello, Craig Morgan singing Wake Up Lovin’ You – catches my eye. When I find a song like that, I have an annoying tendency to play it over and over until I know every single word. It puts me in a romantic, happily-ever-after sort of mood.
You can learn more about Karen and her books on www.karenwhiddon.com