Today I have a special treat from Terri Rochenski. She’s got a lovely historical romance just released and, as I love to do, I’ve asked her to stop by and tell me the inspiration for Alone No More. Of course she countered with a question of her own so don’t hesitate in giving your thoughts in the comments section. Take it away, Terri!
Inspiration for my characters
For Alone No More I had no inspiration, no ‘ah ha!’ moment when the muse introduced me to a new voice in my head. This story came about for an indie pub’s anthology call for an ‘Unexpected Bumps’ theme.
All romance needs conflict, so I thought about why a pregnancy might not be wanted. Preferring historical romance, I also thought about when in history an unexpected pregnancy would prove difficult or taboo for a single woman. The characters for ANM were born from my ponderings, and secondary characters included for additional tension and conflict to make the HEA all the sweeter.
Not all characters come about by a story, though. Sometimes they make their presence known and tell ME their story. In my short, Beginning of Forever, which just released from Roane Publishing on the 16th of this month in the Winter’s Sweet Kiss anthology, my MC, Lillian Douglas was inspired by my sister-in-law’s true life story of heartache and learning to love again.
On occasion I’ll see a person on the streets or in a store and their face, countenance, or appearance strike me, and the muse runs away with my thoughts. I’ll come up with reasons of why they look that way, or what brought on the premature lines etched in their face.
Sometimes it’s even a place – scenery – in a picture or live that brings a character to life within my brain.
I don’t prefer any one way as long as a character speaks to me and engages my imagination with their story. That’s what it’s all about anyway when it comes down to it … is my story, my character interesting enough to hold others’ attentions.
How about you? Had any odd occurrences bring a character to life? People? Do voices even SPEAK to you, or am I a loony?
Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.
Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.
Genre: Romance / Historical
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
World Wide Release Date: December 18, 2013
Book Blurb: Dismissed from her job as a scullery maid and cast aside by her lover, pregnant Cara Morland has no choice but to return to her father’s farm. While lies of widowhood keep her from disgrace, Cara is faced with a local landowner’s unwanted attentions. Without the social status to do much more than avoid the vile man, she loses hope of ever finding happiness.
A friendship based on mutual loneliness blossoms between Cara and James Elliot, a young farm hand hired by her father. He offers his protection, and one shared kiss reveals his heart, but propriety and her feigned grieving period hinders what they both desire.
When Cara’s stalker learns the truth of her circumstances, he gives her an ultimatum—submit to his possession or he’ll ruin her second chance at love with James.
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