I’m always fascinated by where novelists find their inspiration. I’ve heard more than once that writers have an uncanny ability to eavesdrop on any conversation, and I must admit that I fall into this category. But I’m afraid that’s not the last of my bad habits…
Another faux pas of mine shows up every time I go grocery shopping. I cannot help but glance at the shopping cart items of those around me. And, since my writing appeals more to women than men, you can bet that if there’s a hot guy in line, I’m going to fall into place behind him. It’s research, after all!
I need to know what ready-made dinner a bachelor pairs with his Amstell Light. On those rare occasions that I set my eyes upon a gorgeous guy who’s also a food aficionado, I can kiss writer’s block goodbye. In case you’re wondering how to spot a foodie hottie — check out if one of these items has found its way into his cart: fresh basil, goat cheese, or mushrooms. I swear, it’s true.
My character, James, from “Released” (book 1 of the Romani Realms series) is a hunky bartender and supernatural Shade — that’s a protector in human speak. He also knows how to seduce with food and has given leading lady Suki more than a mouthful of delicacies. While there are aspects of his personality that are based on my sweet husband, I can’t deny that bits of him came straight from the grocery check out line. Who knew that Trader Joe’s could be so much fun?