I think one of the most common questions authors often get asked is: where do you get your ideas? I think it’d be fair to say that ideas come from all over the place. For myself, ideas normally come from reading or watching a show or movie and asking myself what if this happened instead? At that point, an idea starts to take shape and morphs into something totally different.
With my newest release, I had the supreme fortune of having the story practically handed to me on a silver platter wrapped up in a neat little bow. (An exceedingly rare occurrence let me tell you!) This perfect alignment of the stars happened after an awful dream I had. In an effort to get over the bad dream, I started writing down different parts of the dream I thought would make good scenes for a future story. Before I finished writing the first paragraph, I had the entire plot line figured out in my head! It was like a gift from the romance gods!
I felt like it was one of those golden days that happen so rarely. You know, the days where the kids get ready for school without a fuss and you actually leave the house on time, the boss gives you a raise, you remember to pick up milk on the way home from work, you whip out dinner like Betty Crocker ain’t got nothing on you, and all the while you have a superb fantastic hair day that lasts the entire day. You know, one of those days. *Sigh* I love those days. = D
Has something like this ever happened to you? When was the last time the stars aligned, they angels sang, and the gods granted you a special gift? = )
In between her to-be-read pile and trying to bring the characters in her head alive, Kristen spends as much time as she can with family and friends. Much to her husband’s dismay, she enjoys collecting purses, shoes, and jewelry. During those rare times she’s not working at her day job, rushing her daughters somewhere, watching movies with her husband, and trying to meet a deadline, she can usually be found energetically cheering for one of her favorite New York sports teams.
As with just about every other writer on the planet, Kristen grew up an avid reader. She started with young adult before she technically hit the age range and moved on to sci-fi classics by Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury. At fifteen, her best friend gave her a book she just had to read! The book was Honest Illusions by Nora Roberts. Always a sucker for a happy ending, she was a goner and fell in love with the romance genre. Having started writing novel length stories at the age of eleven, Kristen’s stories all took a romantic turn from that point on.