Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Little Something for the Weekend - Adrienne Giordano

We're delighted to welcome Harlequin Intrigue author Adrienne Giordano to the Pink Heart Society today, where she's talking about her brainstorming plans for next weekend...
Hello, Pink Heart Society. It’s great to be hanging out with you today.

Since it’s the weekend, I thought I’d share with you a little about how I’ll be spending next weekend in North Carolina with my writer pals Kelsey Browning, Tracey Devlyn and Theresa Stevens for a monster brainstorming session. Brainstorming weekend is a semi-annual event that began in 2010 when the four of us locked ourselves in a hotel room for a day and plotted book ideas. Since then it’s grown into a three (or four) day affair.
There’s a certain magic when we get into brainstorming mode. Theresa likes to say it’s the power of four brains with various strong points. Kelsey is the character-motivation brain, Tracey is the ratchet-up- the-tension brain, I’m the plot-structure brain and Theresa, well, her fantastic editor’s brain keeps us reeled in when we try to go too far.

We typically break the sessions into segments where we’ll work on each person’s initial plot idea for three straight hours. After that first three hours we switch to another book. 
Once we are through all four books, we circle back around to the first book and continue plotting scenes. During this second round is usually when we start to get a little punchy and throw out nutty ideas. 
But no idea is ever too crazy. 
That’s the fun of brainstorming in a “safe” environment. We trust and respect each other. I think this is the key element as to why these sessions work for us. We may tease and joke, but we never do harm.

Is it intense work? Yes. 
Can it be done with anyone? I don’t think so. 
These three ladies know my writing as well as anyone. They know my hot buttons and the type of characters I like to write. I know, without a doubt, every suggestion they make comes from a supportive, caring place. The extra good news that comes from all this exhaustion is we’ve brainstormed almost 25 books since we started working together in 2010.

Next weekend we’ll work hard and share a lot of laughs and it’ll remind me that I have the greatest job in the world.
Do you have brainstorming sessions, either by yourself or with others?  And who do you bounce your ideas off when you're writing?  Take to the comments to fill us in!
Adrienne Giordano's latest novel, The Marshal is available now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks:
His painful past is their present danger.
The last thing US Marshal Brent Thompson needs is distraction from his work. But distraction—in the form of a sexy Chicago investigator—is exactly what he gets.
Jenna Hayward is as alluring as she is determined, driven to help apprehend the murderer who killed Brent's mother twenty-three years ago.
With a shared mission—and a steadily rising attraction that jeopardizes Brent's resolve to stay unattached—the pair must work together to get answers…before the murderer makes them his next victims.
Adrienne is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). For more information on Adrienne's books please visit her website. She can also be found on Facebook and Twitter and for information on her street team, Dangerous Darlings, check out their Facebook page.


  1. I love when you're having a brainstorming weekend - it means great things for us readers. :D Hope it's a productive weekend, ladies!

  2. Thank you, Brooke. You know we'll get into some hijinx!