The Riders welcome Intrigue author Paula Graves to the convertible for a spin today! Paula will give away a copy of one of her backlist books to one lucky commenter. Winner will be announce on Thursday!
I'm always constantly amazed at what can spark an idea for a book. I've had an entire store evolve out of one line from a Richard Marx song, a news article about an Atlantic City bus crash, a scene from a Tom Clancy novel and, most recently, a suggestion from a friend that the Weasley family in the Harry Potter books would be a great inspiration for a series about a large, boisterous, loving family who know how to face danger with courage and skill but can't quite figure out how make a relationship work--until each of them meets the love of their lives.
That's right, folks. I've admitted it aloud. The Coopers of Chickasaw County, Alabama were inspired by a family of wizards.
Of course, the Coopers aren't wizards. The family runs a marina and fishing camp on a lake in northeastern Alabama. Their foe isn't Voldemort; villains in the series include serial killers, South American drug lords and men looking for revenge. And don't look for dragons, Veelas or the Ministry of Magic, but I can offer you cops, toddlers and a ranch in Wyoming.
The first book of the series, CASE FILE: CANYON CREEK, WYOMING, features the only Cooper sister, Hannah, who is ambushed by a serial killer posing as a cop during her Wyoming vacation. Since she's the only one of the killer's victims who escaped to tell about it, she's now a person of extreme interest to Wyoming cop Riley Patterson, who's been hunting the killer since the murder of his own wife three years earlier. But there's a big problem: Hannah can't remember much about the attack. Now, she and Riley are in a race to figure out just what it is she can't remember before the killer finishes what he started.
If you're a writer, what's the strangest inspiration for a book you've ever had? And if you're a reader, what ideas do you wish writers would explore--is there a news story that fascinates you that nobody's touching? A song that sparks your imagination? Tell us all about it in the comments section.
Read an excerpt of Chickasaw County Captive here!