The ending of 12 Days of Bossmas had me curious if we will seeing future stories for the children?
That ending had me curious, too! 😂
I didn't intend on ending 12 Days of Bossmas with the kids being teenagers, but once the idea came into my mind, I just couldn't resist. Writing it from Theo's perspective felt super natural too. I have a little story seed for a second generation series that includes characters from all of my series. Marchands, Winters, Conways, St. Clairs, Cole's, Park's...
But while exciting, it also seems like an enormous project, and I wouldn't want to get it wrong. Those characters got their happy ending and I don't want to accidentally tarnish that. So, to cut a long story short... the answer is maybe!
How do you get your inspiration & how much research do you invest in? I love your characters!
Thank you! My inspiration comes from books I read, movies I watch, TV-series I binge. Sometimes all I have is the very beginning of a story. What would happen if two characters who hate each other, are forced to work together on a big work project...? That kinda thing.
There are a ton of tropes I really love, and I enjoy experimenting with putting them together in different constellations. It's almost like a recipe, where you take different ingredients. What happens if I take an explosive meet-cute, a really cool character that's been living in my head, and combine it with the single dad trope or the enemies-to-lovers trope... and see what happens!
Sometimes a story idea might be really exciting to me, but it's not quite ready to be written. In that case, it lives in my little garden of ideas, and I'll tend to it now and then by adding new characters, tropes or elements. I have at least five stories that are in this phase right now.
How much research I do will depend on the book (boring answer I know, haha). I really love incorporating things in my books that are big in my own life, or that I would really enjoy learning about. Sophia played tennis in Suite; when I wrote that, I'd just started getting serious about playing myself. In Red Hot Rebel, Rhys and Ivy travel to places I've been to myself and some I haven't. Including some of my favorite tidbits, or researching about the locations foreign to me, was so much fun. Especially because I wrote it during the height of the pandemic lockdown, when international travel was non-existent.
Have you ever based your stories on a true event that either happened to you, or someone you know?
This is a good one. I wish, lol! The real answer is "kinda." I've never based an entire story on something from real life, but I've definitely taken inspiration from real scenes and situations. Sometimes relationship dynamics, like between siblings or parents. I do have a book coming out later this year that has lines of dialogue practically lifted from my own life, haha.
But I've never had a steamy, illicit relationship with a billionaire boss 😂 I have worked in offices though, with all the dynamics that sometimes accompany them, and I use that as inspiration all the time!