I’m a regular visitor at the Erotic Romance Blog, where author Emily Veinglory held a contest. The first four to post how they got a book idea won a Plot Bunny. Of course, I couldn’t resist. Here’s the answer I posted:
When I was a little girl, we traveled from Nebraska to visit the “Deep South.” At a mansion, I saw a photo of a beautiful young girl with wavy hair rippling down to her waist. The caption said she had died young by accidently setting her hair on fire with an oil-heated curling wand.
I never forgot that girl. Thirty years later, she appeared in my first novel, setting the scene for a mystery. “Who held the door shut while she burned to death?”
Sometimes, ideas can percolate for years. 🙂
That was where the idea began for my published historical romance, Gilded Splendor.
Blogs are sure fun, and these little contests brighten a day. I placed the critter by my laptop. *rubbing his nose* I can already feel the magic working.
Do you have a story of how you came up with a book idea?