A Story is Born!

by Inara Scott, guest blogger and author of Radiant Desire

Where do you get your ideas?

This is a common question that authors are asked, and I think perhaps people imagine that ideas drop, fully formed, into author’s minds. In fact, for most of the authors I know, the hard part isn’t getting ideas: it’s weeding out the avalanche of ideas that life drops on you, and turning them into a coherent plot. It’s an organic process of taking an idea, poking, prodding, and testing it, marrying it with other ideas, and then letting the resulting chimera grow and develop into something different and unexpected.

But what exactly does that mean, you might ask? How do you go from idea to story?

Here’s how it went for me when I was writing Radiant Desire. First, there were toys. My daughter’s Barbie faeries to be exact. I would look at them, lying all over the house, and muse to myself, “These faeries would be perfect for a romance novel.”

Seriously? You wrote about Barbies? No, no, remember, this was just the beginning!

Then there was a conversation on a blog about favorite romance tropes: you know, marriage of convenience, beauty and the beast, Cinderella, etc. I myself have always loved the beauty and the beast story, but it occurred to me that the man is always the beast. That didn’t seem fair.

Was there someway to make a woman the beast?

Hmmm. Barbies and Beasts. How to pull them together? Well, remember that in the Beauty and the Beast story, the Beast started out handsome, and then is punished for being wicked by being turned into a Beast. So perhaps my Barbie Beauty could be changed into something less beautiful. Perhaps not a Beast, per se, but what if she were turned into something, well, ordinary?


Yes, I thought, this might work! What if I took my perfectly beautiful faerie – the essence of male desire – and made her human? Better yet, what if my now-very-human faerie had to make a man fall in love with her, just like the Beast, but couldn’t use her beauty to do it?

Now, I thought about making my faerie selfish, or needing redemption the way the beast in the story is usually portrayed, but I decided that would make it very hard for people to identify with her and love her. (I think the woman is usually the beauty for a reason!) So instead of that, I left her ignorant of love, and ignorant of what it truly means to be human.

Of course, until you truly understand what love is, it’s very hard to use it against someone. My faerie would have to learn about love first hand before she could use it against our hero.

And voila! There you have it. A story is born. Beauty and the beast, Barbies, and true love.

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Buy: Radiant Desire (A Handmaid’s Seduction, Book One)

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9 thoughts on “A Story is Born!”

  1. Hi Lisa and Nina! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the good luck!

    Nina, I love to say that this is my naughty faerie tale. 🙂 I do love the essential premise in many fairy tales that people are punished for conceit, cruelty, or a lack of compassion, and must show themselves to have learned and grown a true heart before they will be released. I think watching people make mistakes, and then grow from them, is a beautiful thing.

    all my best, ladies!

  2. Hi Inara! Congratulations on the release of Radiant Desire. Your cover is beautiful and I enjoyed reading about the process you went through when devising your plot. I can’t wait to read your novel!

  3. I love how stories can come come anything. Barbies and fairy tales were a staple in a lot of childhoods so it’s nice how they inspired your story. I enjoy fairy tales and a new twist does make it more interesting because I don’t know what to expect.

  4. I didn’t know that there were such things as Barbie Faeries. They certainly weren’t around when I was a kid. I think I’m going to have to make a trip to Toys’R’Us. Since I don’t have a creative bone in my body, I’m always fascinated to hear how authors (especially paranormal authors) get their ideas. Thanks for the post.

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