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Guest Blogger: Selena Blake
Friday, June 28th, 2013

Story Ideas From Real Life

Hello all you fabulous Delilah Devlin fans. I’m so excited to be here. Many thanks to Delilah for sharing the mike.

Have you ever wondered where an author got the idea for her book? It’s a common question.

Not such an easy answer, at least for me. Ideas come to me in the shower, while driving (especially while driving on the highway), when I read something and sometimes just by wondering “what if.”

sb100_askforitBut in the case of my latest release (ASK FOR IT) real life inspired the original idea. Actually, I should say real life inspired two ideas.

First, if you read my free read (INSTRUCTING ADAM) you’ll remember that Cindy is an author who has trouble keeping her website online and she’s at her wit’s end. And let’s just say that the tech support guy is less than helpful…until she shows up on his doorstep demanding he make good on his hosting companies promises.

At one point I was having dreadful issues keeping my website “up and online” and the tech support guy was pretty snarky. He even pointed me to a clause in their terms of use about “porn.” Because, you know, I write erotic romance and that’s practically porn! (Hope you detected the sarcasm dripping from my fingertips.) That’s as far as the real life goes, I’m afraid. I decided to write out my frustrations and punish the unhelpful tech support guy. But I’m too big of a love bug evidently. Cindy shows up with a whip, bondage tape and a few demands but I don’t think Adam would consider her form of “discipline” as punishment, especially when he turns the tables on her. I would never have the guts to do what she does, which makes for perfect fiction!

ASK FOR IT follows Cindy’s best friend JJ as she also takes things into her own hands… sorta.

Again, real life inspired the idea for this book. My bank card number was stolen and used to buy shoes at a Footlocker six states away. Luckily my bank was on top of it and it was a painless problem for me. They called me immediately, verified I hadn’t dropped serious change on sneakers, and put the money back.

But I didn’t want things to be quite that easy for my heroine so her bank isn’t as wonderful as mine was. Add to that the fact that she’s a little extra protective over her cash flow due to early childhood homelessness and you get an interesting beginning of a story.

Whereas Cindy sought out a solution to her problem, serendipity drops JJ in New York city a week after her money was stolen and she decides to drop by the scene of the crime. She never expected to come face to face with the one man she’s lusted after for years and fears she’ll forever compare all men to.

And no, I didn’t go to the shoe store where my money was used. But I did utter a line that I let JJ borrow in my book. “Who the hell buys nine hundred dollars’ worth of sneakers? I mean, if you’re going to steal my money, at least buy something awesome…like Prada. Or Minolos. Or Jimmy Choos.”

If $900 dropped into your lap, what would you buy? Me? Two words. Christian Louboutins!

Selena Blake writes erotic paranormal and contemporary romance. First published in 2008, her series Stormy Weather has been on bestseller lists and nominated for awards.  She’s a fan of action movies, Diet Coke, Milky Way bars and thunderstorms, not necessarily in that order. Learn more about her online at or catch her at facebook:

23 comments to “Guest Blogger: Selena Blake”

  1. Teresa Hughes
    · June 28th, 2013 at 6:59 am · Link

    Sounds like a good book! If $900 landed in my lap I would get my hair done, a mani/pedi, dinner at a favorite Japanese restaurant and the rest would go to books:)

    Thanks for sharing with us!

  2. Lisa J
    · June 28th, 2013 at 10:43 am · Link

    A new laptop and maybe a tablet computer. My tech needs know no bounds.

  3. Rachelle Lerner
    · June 28th, 2013 at 1:25 pm · Link

    A tablet and a Kindle and of course lots of books to read starting with “Ask For It”.

  4. Anne
    · June 28th, 2013 at 1:34 pm · Link

    I don’t understand the whole shoe thing. I like comfortable shoes that don’t cost more than $30 on sale.

    I’d like a new set of pretty dishes and a new bed. If I shopped wisely, I could get both for $900 and still have money for some chocolate. It’s just picking out one set of dishes to use for a long time. If I could, I’d have 10 sets and use which ever one appealed that day (same with shower curtains and towels).

  5. Sydnee
    · June 28th, 2013 at 6:15 pm · Link

    I get my van fixed, so I wouldn’t have to walk 3 miles to work. 🙄

  6. ELF
    · June 28th, 2013 at 7:06 pm · Link

    The delightful individual who hacked one of my credit cards bought a lot of gas at four different stations and managed to buy REALLY expensive tires. I called and asked the tire company why they didn’t bother asking for id when taking a payment of a couple of thousand dollars…they couldn’t quite explain. Thanks for sharing your inspiration for the story. Somehow, I’d probably buy lots of little things…and go out for a dinner or two!

  7. Rosa
    · June 28th, 2013 at 8:15 pm · Link

    I would buy a new laptop, and of course hit Amazon’s one click button more times than I should. 😀

  8. Melissa Porter
    · June 28th, 2013 at 10:29 pm · Link

    Books. 🙂 Get the tattoo I have been trying to save up and get. It is on the back burner until I have the extra funds, which lately has been very little.
    If not that I do need a new laptop. The one I got pisses me off more than anything. But hey that’s what you get when you get a cheaper one.

  9. Selena Blake
    · June 28th, 2013 at 11:18 pm · Link

    Teresa, I like the way you think. I need a fab haircut and there’s nothing better than going to a top notch salon. Doesn’t happen often but it changes my whole outlook on life when I do.

  10. Selena Blake
    · June 28th, 2013 at 11:18 pm · Link

    Lisa, I’m with you! I’m currently in the market for a Mac. Can’t decide between the mini and the iMac.

  11. Selena Blake
    · June 28th, 2013 at 11:19 pm · Link

    Woo hoo, Rachelle. An excellent wishlist! And you have good taste in books, if I can be a little biased. LOL

  12. Selena Blake
    · June 28th, 2013 at 11:20 pm · Link

    Anne, I know just what you mean about the towels and dishes. I feel the same way. Pinterest only makes the obsession worse for me. LOL

  13. Selena Blake
    · June 28th, 2013 at 11:23 pm · Link

    Sydnee, that sounds like a good use for $900!

  14. Selena Blake
    · June 28th, 2013 at 11:24 pm · Link

    ELF, excellent point. Amazing what passes these days. Hope your bank was good to you.

  15. Selena Blake
    · June 28th, 2013 at 11:25 pm · Link

    LOL, Rosa. Excellent choices. $900 would by a lotttta books. Well, a lot of my books. LOL

  16. Selena Blake
    · June 28th, 2013 at 11:28 pm · Link

    Oh wow, Melissa. What kind of tattoo?

  17. Mary Marvella
    · June 29th, 2013 at 12:46 am · Link

    Interesting ideas! I’d buy 2 air conditioners if I couldn’t get the unit for my downstairs repaired!

  18. Mary Preston
    · June 29th, 2013 at 3:34 am · Link

    With $900 I’d buy that divine handbag I saw online.

  19. Annie
    · June 29th, 2013 at 10:42 am · Link

    $900.00 dropped in my lap??? Luckily, I’m in an ok place with bills right now. Don’t really want anything special either. Think I would give it to my son for his honeymoon. The wedding is in December.

  20. Cheryl Cunningham
    · June 29th, 2013 at 10:57 am · Link

    If I had 900 dollars I would use it to pay off my medical bills and buy groceries…….simple but so are my needs

  21. Amber
    · June 29th, 2013 at 6:25 pm · Link

    Books boos books! LOL Well it would be more bills, bills, bills.

  22. Melissa Porter
    · June 30th, 2013 at 8:24 pm · Link

    My next tattoo is of a dragon on a celtic cross. It will take time for it has a bunch of small details on it. I cannot wait. 😛
    Yeah I am hooked on tattoos. Each one that I have has a story to it.

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