Guest Post: And Babies Make Four by Ruth Owen
The Dangerous Dairy Section
For some reason, the Dairy Section of my grocery store is a hotbed of budding writers. I’m not sure why — maybe it has something to do with lactose intolerance — but whatever the reason, the egg aisle is where I’m most often asked by my readers, “Where do you get your ideas?” It’s a simple question, but the answer is anything but. And, to keep my milk from souring and my butter from melting, I usually credit my ideas to my imagination.
Ideas don’t spring magically like Venus on the Half-shell. Instead, they are products of past events in life. They are parts of friends, jobs, trips, failures, songs, dreams and, of course, books. In short, all the events of my life get thrown into the big melting pot called my consciousness, which stirs and shakes and sometimes erupts into story ideas.
J. R. R. Tolkien was bored stiff grading exams, so he broke the monotony by writing a sentence about a Hobbit. He was a lover of Norse tales, and the two merged into his epic ‘Lord of the Rings’. Jules Verne grew up with a passion for exploring, but it wasn’t until an advertisement for a globe spanning tour caught his eye that he penned ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’.
I got the idea for Einstein, the irreverent, A.I. computer featured in Loveswept’s ‘And Babies Make Four’, by melding my programming background and my shopping addiction. It’s amazing to see how the technology I imagined back in the nineties is today’s reality (yes, Siri, I’m talking about you!). Today’s tech has caught up to my imagination. In fact, Einstein now has his own twitter account–EinsteinByOwen. In case you wondered, he is following the Shopping Channel.
But back to the Dairy Section. Next time you wonder where writers get their ideas, think about your own past experiences. Who knows? Maybe someday, when you’re strolling past the cottage cheese, you’ll be the one who is asked, “Where do you get your ideas”?
Love to hear some of your ideas for romance stories – and where you got them? Thanks for stopping by.
By Ruth Owen
About the author:
Ruth Owen is the award-winning author of contemporary and historical romances. Her novels have won several Romantic Times awards, the Maggie, and have been named as RWA’s Top Ten Books of the Year.
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