Today’s guest blogger MJ Fredrick tackles one of those questions authors get asked the most – where does she get her ideas. And like a lot of us, they’re something she just … dreams up….
I get my ideas for my books all over the place, but my favorite ideas are from dreams. When I have a good dream, I wake up excited and start writing it down.
Now sometimes the stories don’t hold together, like the dream I had about killing the bad guy with the weed whacker.
Sometimes the storyline doesn’t work but the idea won’t leave me alone, like the one about the archaeologists who are working on a remote dig and are kidnapped. As I worked through the idea, the story wouldn’t work as imagined, so I started exploring other options with the same premise. I knew I wanted archaeologists, I knew I wanted a reunion story. So all I need (All. Ha-ha-ha) was to come up with an adventure, a plot and a villain.
I have two more books on the burner that were inspired by dreams. I hope they work out as well as Beneath the Surface.
In retrospect, perhaps archaeologist Mallory Reeves shouldn’t have delivered the divorce papers to her estranged husband mere weeks before her marriage to another man. She knew seeing Adrian again would stir up memories, but she didn’t expect so many of them to be good, not after the mess they both made three years ago. She also didn’t expect to want to stay at the dig site on the Yucatan Peninsula. But the lure of the ancient ship and, yes, her sexy ex provide more of a draw than the white picket fence she thought she wanted. Marine archaeologist Adrian Reeves has good reason to trust no one. His former partner—and former best friend—made off with his last archaeological find. And his wife left him, frustrated by his obsession for professional revenge. Now both Mallory and his nemesis have returned, and it can’t be an accident that they’ve turned up in the middle of the most important excavation of his career. Seeing her again unearths old pain—and rekindles never-forgotten desire. Now he has to decide if he can trust Mallory again. More importantly, if he can trust himself with her.