|Available September 27!|
Instead, I thought I’d talk about inspiration. People often ask me where I come up with my story ideas. It’s hard to explain; just about everything around me can be a story. From a conversation I happen to overhear, maybe a snippet of a news broadcast, a movie or TV show. I have to admit, I love to watch all of those news-type shows like 48 Hours Mysteries, 20/20, etc. I am also a “Snapped” junkie. For those who might not have heard of it, Snapped is a television show on the Oxygen Network. It profiles cases of women (and occasionally a few men) who have been accused of or have committed murders.
I find the entire program fascinating. They profile the person, their trial and the outcome. Sometimes the strangest things can be the impetus for someone’s death. While watching the program, my mind will begin the “what if” game and story ideas grow. You’ll find the reason each person kills is unique and different, yet the underlying theme runs true. Even with the protestations of innocence, which they always swear they are, the bottom line is always the same. Death.
Sometimes the reason is adultery. Sometimes jealousy. Sometimes its money. Or abuse. Or family. Whatever the reason, whatever the provocation, the end result is always the same. Death.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not a proponent of murder. I’m a fairly happy, cheerful person. That said, I find the psychology surrounding murder particularly interesting. When writing suspense, there’s always a Who Done It. With me, along with who done it, I really want to know WHY. Why Did They Do It? I write romantic suspense, so blend in the who and why along with the love and sex and you have a completely enthralling story for me.
What about you? Do you just like to know who done it or are you equally fascinated by why? I like to see the complete picture. We can sometimes have a fully realized and wonderfully written story but that single puzzle piece can be missing. I love adding that extra layer, delving the psychological intent, whether it’s a murder, a kidnapping, or a paranormal element that is the cherry on top the sundae. Writing romantic suspense means I can always give the reader a happily ever after ending. That light at the end of the tunnel. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. After I’ve tortured the characters and put them through emotional and physical hell, to give them a satisfying and happy ending makes the storytelling worthwhile and fulfilling.
Okay, now about the book. Desperate Choices is a romantic suspense with paranormal elements.
Here’s the back cover:
When psychic Theresa Crawford’s former beau walks into her New Orleans New Age shop, she senses trouble. Big trouble. Max Lamoreaux hasn’t come to discuss their relationship—the private investigator is on a case, and he needs Theresa’s help.
Max’s godson is missing. The police have declared Tommy a runaway, but Max’s gut tells him otherwise. While he’s highly skeptical of Theresa’s abilities, her visions provide the only clue as to who’s taken Tommy. The longer Max works with Theresa, the harder it is to resist his desire for the sexy woman.
As they inch closer to finding Tommy, Max and Theresa also discover that time hasn’t diminished their powerful attraction. But Theresa harbors her own dark secrets from her past. Secrets that broke them up before—and could drive them apart again, unless Theresa can learn to trust Max with everything….
There’s also a book trailer for Desperate Choices at my website: www.kathyivan.com
Desperate Choices is available from Carina Press on September 27, 2010. www.carinapress.com
Thanks for having me here today. As I always say, love what you write and write what you love.