My Muse and I: A Complicated Relationship

by Marie Force, guest blogger and author of Everyone Loves a Hero

My muse chooses the damndest times to show up. For instance, I’m sitting in an airport bar with my husband a couple of years ago, killing some time before our flight home. Out on the concourse I watch a striking blonde woman rush into the arms of an arriving pilot. Riveted by their reunion, I watch them walk arm-in-arm into the same restaurant we were in and find a table. From there, I found my eyes darting repeatedly to them, wishing I had the nerve to go over, pull up a chair and ask for their story.

That’s where the idea for Everyone Loves a Hero originated. See how my muse shows up out of the blue? One minute I’m minding my own business, and the next minute I’m, well, not… Some people might use the word “nosy” to describe this character trait. I prefer the word “observant.” I’m asked all the time about where the ideas for books come from. I find that when you’re looking for them, ideas are everywhere. It then becomes a matter of figuring out which ones make for viable story ideas, which ones can support a full-length book and which ones are interesting enough to hold my attention for the two or three months it will take me to write the book.

In this case the muse gave me an idea that led to this:

“Everyone loves a hero. That’s the problem.

Hero pilot Cole Langston is learning to live with—and enjoy—his newfound fame and the rabid female attention that comes with it until a lucky punch knocks some sense into him and opens his eyes to true love.

When his copilot suffers a heart attack in flight, Cole lands the jetliner in a blizzard and revives the stricken captain. Catapulted to national hero status, Cole has more women vying for his attention than he knows what to do with. They all have one thing in common: they try without success to bring this happy-go-lucky pilot down to earth. Then comes an airport altercation, a punch to the face, and the lovely Olivia—a shy, timid artist who does what no other woman has ever managed to do: steal Cole’s well-protected heart. With women coming on to him everywhere they go, Olivia struggles to believe that Cole is ready for a committed relationship. His biggest problem is getting rid of all his extra ladies before the only one he wants figures out that she’s one of many.”

I was immediately intrigued by the idea of a pilot connecting in some way to a woman who works in the airport. I’ve done the long-distance romance thing myself, so that part interested me as well. The “national hero” part of the story came later. I wrote Cole and Olivia’s romance, but it needed something extra, something more. Enter Captain Sullenburger. I watched a news conference in which the “Hero on the Hudson” announced he was returning to work, and that gave me the idea to give Cole the national hero back story that’s included in Everyone Loves a Hero. The muse came to me in stages with this book. She’s fickle that way!

To the writers out there, where do you find your story ideas and is your muse as fickle as mine? To the readers, do you ever wonder where your favorite authors get their story ideas? Do you have an idea that you think would make for a good book? I’d love to hear it!


Fame has its perks…

Reluctantly famous, First Officer Cole Langston finds being in the spotlight has its advantages—until he meets Olivia. Having women throw themselves at him everywhere he goes becomes a serious problem when he’s trying to convince her she’s the one…

And its price…

Olivia has trouble trusting a guy like Cole, and everywhere she turns she sees reasons to run. But he’s the only man who’s ever seemed to understand her as an artist and as a woman…

Cole is working overtime to prove to Olivia that he’s serious, but her deep seated mistrust and his entourage of unwelcomed fans may be more than they can overcome…

Buy: Everyone Loves a Hero


Marie Force is a communications director and editor-in-chief as well as the author of Line of Scrimmage, Love at First Flight, Fatal Affair and Fatal Justice, as well as True North and The Fall (available as ebooks through She is a member of RWA’s New England, From the Heart and Published Authors Special Interest Chapters. Marie lives in Portsmouth, Rhode Island with her husband, two children and their feisty dog named Brandy. To find out more information about Marie’s upcoming releases, please visit

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16 thoughts on “My Muse and I: A Complicated Relationship”

  1. Hi Marie – best wishes on release day. I have to say, I thought Sully was pretty hot – and he’s closer to my age then the typical hero in a romance book. That was such a great story. I’m sure everyone will make the connection.

  2. Loved the story about your muse. My muse loves to be pampered and shows up at any time of the day or the night, when she is in the mood. I love her and pamper her regularly…if I don’t, the inspiration, drive, ambition, are not there.

    My current story idea for Just Once came from a conversation with a friend about a recurring dream I kept having…I felt like somone from my past wanted to contact me…and lo and behold, the novel.

    Loved your story…hope to win…

  3. I often wonder how writers keep their stories fresh and avoid repeating what’s already been done! I envy writers their creativeness!!!

  4. Happy Launch Day, Marie!
    My muse seems to visit me most often when I’m behind the wheel or trying to sleep–neither of which are conducive to writing things down. I must, therefore, rely on my ever diminishing memory….

  5. I love your muse! LOL I say this because of the people watching/really needing to know aspect of it. As a people watcher myself, I understand the restrain it takes NOT to start questioning people.

    Congrats on your release!

  6. I have often wondered where an author gets the idea for their story, especially when their story is different than the norm.

    Congrats on your new release!

  7. I love to people watch, though I do most of mine in malls since I tend to be medicated at airports LOL It always amazes me to watch young or old couples in love. Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to read your book

  8. I love to people watch and always wonder what their story is. My muse finally came back. Songs, tv, naps, movies give me ideas. My wip started as a little fantasy that went out of control….way out of control!

  9. I am always intrigued about where authors get their ideas and how they can turn those ideas into a whole exciting story. Congratulations on the new book!

  10. How authors get their ideas is always a great topic of discussion. I read Stephen King’s, On Writing and he talks about how it’s usually just some seed of thought or an impression. From there the story grows. I am fascinated and thankful that there are so many creative writers out there.

    I’d love to read Everyone Loves A Hero! 🙂

    jenma76 at hotmail dot com

  11. When I go to the mall, I people watch. I wonder why they dress the way they do, what their job is, and why they came to the mall. Maybe you could write a story of a lonely person who goes there to watch people and meets anothr person with the same idea. Might be an interesting book. Or they could hang out in a coffee shop.

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