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How I come up with ideas
Every time I read a post with a title like this there’s the same answer to how authors come up with ideas. Inevitably it’s some form of “ideas are everywhere”. Well, that’s true, but I’m going to try to be a little more specific, so I’ll tell you where I got the ideas for the book that’s just been released.
For Talk to Me, the idea all started with the concept of him seducing her with his voice. This isn’t exactly a new concept – who hasn’t sighed over the sound of your favorite movie star’s voice, or loved a song just because of the way the singer sang it? Then it evolved to – what profession might someone have where they use their voice a lot? Radio was a natural fit. So if the hero was a radio host, what job could the heroine have? Would it be necessary for her to work in the radio station, or could she be, maybe… a waitress at a diner where they play his show on the radio each day?
I decided having her work directly with him was the best course of action – that way, she can’t get away from that sexy, raspy voice. It will drive her crazy! And since one of my greatest joys as a writer is torturing my hero and heroine, that worked out nicely! Why did I make Drew an ex-hockey player? Because I could! (I love sports heroes.) Also because that meant he’d have money, which served my story well, and had been in the public eye, which also worked well for the story. From there, everything else just kind of snowballed into a plot – and a cohesive one, at that!
Excerpt from Talk to Me:
Drew hurried to unlock his apartment and punch his code into the security pad before continuing straight to his bedroom. He spun and picked Jamie up as she neared the door, and she let out a squeak of protest.
“What? I’m trying to be romantic. Efficient too.” He grinned at her when she struggled to get out of his grip. The way she fought against him both amused and aroused him. “Not so fast,” he warned her. “I’m not planning to let you get away until I’m good and finished with you.”
Jamie cocked an eyebrow. “Good and finished? Be still my heart! Such dreamy talk from a man like you! I had no idea.”
Drew laughed and dropped Jamie on the king-size bed with enough force to make her bounce, then climbed on top of her. Before she could protest again, he’d pressed his erection into her belly and taken her lips in another deep kiss. Jamie melted beneath him, snaking her hands around his neck while his found her hips, pulling her closer. “You need to get naked,” he declared, rolling off her.
“Just me? That’s hardly fair. If I’m getting naked, then this time, so are you.” Her beautiful, full lips pouted at him.
He stood up, and in seconds, his pants and boxer briefs landed in a heap on the floor. He pulled his shirt over his head and added it to the pile. “Your turn.”
Jamie rose up on her elbows and stared at him in disbelief. “How did you do that so fast? And may I add, very nice.” She smiled and waggled her eyebrows, giving him a quick once-over.
“When I want something, I don’t waste time. And I want you naked. Now.”
He reached over and started yanking her top over her head, but she batted his hands away.
“Hey — stop that. You’re going to dislocate my shoulder with your beastlike strength.”
Drew laughed but allowed Jamie to gently pull her blouse over her head. He took it and tossed it on the chair near the window. Next she tugged her jeans off, leaving her in only her bra and panties, which Drew made short work of.
He groaned when she was fully nude. “God, you’re fucking gorgeous, you know that? And I’m gonna put my hands and my tongue and my mouth and my cock everywhere on and in your beautiful body, so you better be ready.”
Jamie shivered, and he covered her body with his, kissing her briefly before moving down her jawline, sucking and licking. This is gonna be good.
Talk to Me will be released from Loose Id on March 22nd, 2011. For more information about Cassandra, check out http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com. Follow Cassandra on Twitter at @cassandra_carr and friend her on Facebook.