So, How Do You Come Up With the Ideas for Your Books?

If I had a dollar for every time I got asked that question, I would be...well, you know. 

The truth is, very rarely will I get that "ah ha!" lightning bolt moment of inspiration that you see in the movies. Most of the time, stories bubble up from a random mix of books, TV shows, conversations, and experiences that all churn and churn until, suddenly, they become an idea.

Those of you who've been reading my books for awhile will know that I used to be a journalist in New York City. In fact, I've set a book in the news business before—Nick from my Julia Blake title Changing the Play was a TV sports reporterand I went back to that well again for The Taste of Temptation. 

That's me in my old TV news producing days with my trusty penguin sidekicks watching over my desk.

The second book in the Matchmaker of Edinburgh series, is set in and around the Edinburgh newspaper world. It was a time when steam presses clanged away to print the morning edition and horse and cart-delivered scandal sheets could set everyone atwitter. But the principles are actually not all that different from the news business I used to know. Journalists are still driven to get the story fast and first, and breaking news is a rush that's hard to replicate.

My hero in The Taste of Temptation, Jonathan Moray, is a journalist to the core. He owns a successful broadsheet and a less respectable scandal sheet that prints some of the best gossip in Edinburgh. That's why when Caroline Burkett, a woman the London press made famous for suing the fiancé who jilted her, travels up to Edinburgh, he's off in pursuit of the biggest gossip story of the year. Sparks definitely fly in this enemies-to-lovers book because Caroline hates Moray, thinking he's just another ruthless newspaperman. And he kind of is until he realizes that he wants her more than he wants the story.

Not only is my hero inspired by my old job, so are the book's secondary characters. Moray's deputies and closest friends, Eva and Gavin, have a lot of me and my old colleagues in them. They're passionate people who work too hard, and they share an unbreakable comradery. I love this merry band of journalists, and I hope you will too!

The Taste of Temptation Comes Out February 5th!


(Can you tell I'm just a little excited?)

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You can preorder The Taste of Temptation now so it pops up on your eReader as soon as it's available! It'll be like a present from past you to future you!

Happy reading!


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