Crazy Sexy Love has been available for almost two weeks now, and I thought it would be fun to share how it came about. The title came first. At that point, all I knew about the book was that it needed characters and a plot to match the title.
The plot came in pieces. The boy and girl falling in love at age four was from my own life. My first boyfriend lived down the block from me. Like my heroine, I was about six years old when my heart was broken. An older boy moved into the neighborhood, and he became best friends with my boyfriend, leaving me out in the cold. Sniff.
For my hero, I have a fascination with musicians. In Dead People, the second book I published, the hero was a songwriter who played a guitar. In Dragon Blues, the hero, Noah Long, played the saxophone. He was originally a dragon who loved music so much that, centuries before the story began, he changed to human to enable him to play the pipes. I wanted the hero in Crazy Sexy Love be a piano player, but he had other ideas. Sam, the hero, is severely dyslexic. Banging on the drums helped him get through his frustrations, hurt and anger.
My cousin’s partner is severely dyslexic. He’s smart, and he even went to college for two years…but he can’t read. He gave me a lot of advice, telling me about the different degrees of dyslexia and the way he sees letters as squiggles.
The librarian idea came because I love librarians. They’re some of my favorite people. The career fit my “nice girl” heroine whose mother has MS.
As for MS, a friend has multiple sclerosis. She’s a smart, funny, and likable. I feel for her, and I admire her.
Sometimes I don’t even know what’s behind a character’s makeup. A lot just comes to me or seems to fit. Like the stalker. No stalkers in my life. Cats in immediate need of petting definitely do not count.
What career would you like for a character? What problem or hardship would you give him or her? If you’re an author, where did one of your plot ideas or characters come from?