Inspiration comes in the craziest forms, whether it’s a song I heard on the radio or saving a kitten from a bridge over a busy interstate. My ideas come from so many different places and sometimes even I come up with the title first and go from there.
I’ll never forget the day I had the idea for The Replacement Guitarist. I was at the 2009 Romantic Times convention and I had to get gas before Kele Moon and I were driving back home and I couldn’t get this character out of my head. He just showed up and said, “I’m your hero in your first novel and I’m going to fall in love with this really great guy who hasn’t shown up yet. So get to work on finding him for me.”
I wish I could say the first person who popped into my head was my main hero, Blaze Shinozuka but it was actually the bane of my existence, Jason Stockton. Jason is such a difficult character to write because he is so private to the world since he was born to movie star parents and Blaze is slowly peeling away the outer layers as Blaze falls in love with Jason.
So I do find it funny that the person the book centers around is not where the original idea came from. I had to sit down and interview Jason and play matchmaker with him. Slowly the story came together and because of my love of Japanese culture, Blaze Shinozuka stopped by and the rest is history for this gorgeous couple.
I think I fixed Jason up with a really great guy, yeah?