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Guest Blogger: Taige Crenshaw
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

When Inspiration Strikes

Taige Crenshaw

I was thinking of inspiration. As an author ideas come from a variety of things. Anything can spark an idea that can be put into a novel. Let me share with you the inner working of what is behind two ideas I came up with for books I am working on that are both part of the same series.

Idea Spark 1- Candy Craving

One day I had this huge craving. A strong craving for candy. I’m not a big candy eater. I can go years without eating any. Also I’m not into chocolate. Shocking. I do eat chocolate ever so often but when I crave it is for something else. I know you chocoholics out there are wondering what candy I am craving if not the all-wonderful chocolate.

Okay I will admit it. I am a caramelolic. Yes caramel is one of my fav candy. That nice sweet caramel is calling me. It is a siren call that I have been resisting but I am longing. Badly. Of course because of how much I am craving I have an idea come to me. A candy idea. An idea of someone who makes sweets for a candy shop and what happens when their craving takes on the sweetest temptation. LOL.

My craving morphed into a story idea.

Idea Spark 2 – Fro Affair

Sometime last year I was on my way home when I passed this woman who was sporting a slamming Afro hairstyle. The woman’s fro was big, high and poufy. I think it was a wig but it was so good I couldn’t tell. She was also sporting the clothing to go with the fro. She looked fierce. People were turning and looking at her. Me included. People were complimenting her on her look. Like any good diva she said thank you graciously and kept strutting. As I watched the woman stepping looking cool and fierce my mind was racing.

That day as I walked home I thought of the Fro. The idea took shape for a book with a woman in a fierce fro and clothes to match.

A fro brought so much more than viewing pleasure. It brought an inspiration.

Making the ideas into a story

The two ideas I had I worked into a series I am working on. In book two of my series there is a candy shop that the hero and heroine of the book frequent. They both have a sweet tooth. The candy shop owner will eventually have his own story and get to fulfill the idea spark I had from craving candy.

In the series I will use the fro idea for a supper club where the main characters go to. The owner of the super club will be getting her own book. I will be writing in a sixties theme night using my afro idea spark. 🙂

Inspirations for ideas are all around. Taking something that happens in the everyday life then using it create a concept is a fun thing to do. The unexpected can lead to so much more. Any little thing can give you an idea spark, which will be your concept for the next book.

Hmmm….now, I’m having a candy craving. Off to get some caramel my favorite candy to fill my craving. Yummy.

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Taige Crenshaw is a multi-published author with books available at Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Liquid Silver Books, Loose Id, and Total-E-Bound. Taige has been enthralled with the written word from time she picked up her first book. It wasn’t long before she started to make up her own tales of romance. With novels set in today, in alternate dimensions, or in the future she writes with adventure, fun sassy heroine’s, and sexy hero’s. Always hard at work creating new and exciting places Taige can be found curled up with a hot novel with exciting characters when she is not creating her own. Join her in the fun, frolic, interesting people and far reaches of the world in her novels. You can find out more about Taige at her website: or blog:

Power of Instinct—A woman does whatever is necessary to protect the man who is hers but once he finds out he goes with his instincts and makes her his.

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11 comments to “Guest Blogger: Taige Crenshaw”

  1. inna
    · August 31st, 2011 at 9:11 am · Link

    It is cool that you do not let such nice idea to waste. Do you collect such things in writing or just truing to memorize them before you ready to use them in the story?

  2. tammy ramey
    · August 31st, 2011 at 9:15 am · Link

    get post, i am right there with you on the caramel. i make them myself at christmas and have to have someone stand guard or i would never get them out of the kitchen before i ate them all. LOL!

  3. Megan Grimm
    · August 31st, 2011 at 9:42 am · Link

    Its interesting how or minds work. I can see someone in passing say in Walmart and by the time I have hit the next isle my mind is in overdrive about who that person might be and what their story is. I love people watching.

  4. Debra Wright
    · August 31st, 2011 at 11:48 am · Link

    You never know when an inspiration will pop up in front of you, do you? It is great that you can take something you see and write a story around it. But now you have me craving caramel….lol. I love chocolate but caramel is a very close second!

  5. Andrea I
    · August 31st, 2011 at 1:06 pm · Link

    I enjoy hearing about author’s inspirations for their books.

    Chocolate isn’t my thing, but I do like caramel. My craving is for Cherry Twizzler Nibs.

  6. The Loopy Librarian
    · August 31st, 2011 at 3:20 pm · Link

    I have a friend that would rather have something cinnamon than chocolate any day. I thought she was nuts! But then again there’s a lot to be said for cinnamon buns. And caramel…..

  7. Tage Crenshaw
    · August 31st, 2011 at 4:19 pm · Link

    @ Inna – I collect them and sometimes later I remember something from my thoughts and say ohh that is an idea I can use.

    @Tammy – LOL. That is me. If I made them I would eat them. Ohh… I’ve never made my own. Now I’m going to have to try.

    @ Megan – I love people watching too. And creating stories for them. Great fodder for ideas.

    @ Debra – Exactly inspiration is all around you. And go get some caramel. Or better yet since you like chocolate have both. 🙂

    @ Andrea – Ohh… I had some Twizzler earlier today. It was a sweet and sour one. Yummy.

    @ The Loopy Librarian oh yummy. Cinnamon I like too.

    Thanks for all your comments.

  8. Jen B.
    · August 31st, 2011 at 7:40 pm · Link

    Darn, now I’m craving candy!

  9. Gail S
    · August 31st, 2011 at 9:09 pm · Link

    I hear songs and think it would be so kewl to have a story or series made about that song. I can see how everyday things can be a catalyst for stories 🙂
    Oh and caramel is always on my must have list. I have to talk myself out of buying it, if that doesn’t work I have to talk myself out of eating all of the candy in 5 minutes flat 😆

    I’m looking foward to the new books.

    Man, I may have to make a late night run for candy now 😈

  10. Ashley A
    · September 8th, 2011 at 12:50 pm · Link

    It is so cool how everything can become a story idea! Awesome post!
    Ashley A

  11. Shadow
    · September 9th, 2011 at 7:04 pm · Link

    great post! so cool! i really want caramel now. lol

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