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Guest Blogger: Marie Tuhart
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

I’m very happy to be here on Delilah’s blog today.

Where Do Ideas Come From?

As a writer, I get this question a lot.   And it’s a hard one for me to answer, because I get my ideas come from my characters..

I start developing my characters first, then I play the what if and why game with myself and the characters.

For example: More Than One Night —I have the heroine out celebrating her thirty birthday with her girl friends.  Then I decided, what happens if I drop  the hero in at the same bar and my heroine’s rules are “No dating men.”  And then he asks her to dance, they flirt and by the end of the night they want nothing more than to spend the night together.

From there I went— What if:

The heroine leaves the next morning without saying good-bye. What would happen?

Would the hero track her down?  If he did, how would she react?  What happens after that?  Why is the hero interested in her?  How do her friends push her into acting out of character?

The first scene practically wrote itself and the book just flowed from there.

Another example is from my story in an anthology: Silver Screen Dom.

The original characters for this story, decided they needed their own longer story which left me wondering who the heck I was going to use.  A secondary character popped up his head—Michael.

That was all I knew, his name.  So I started delving into his character.

What if:

I go back to before Michael got this movie role?

What happened for him to get the role?

Does he have a leading lady in his life?

What is she like?

Answers flew at me faster than I could write, and the story was born.

As you can see, the what if and the why, play a big part in my ideas.   It helps me determine the conflicts, the motivation and the characters for the book.

I’ve heard it say ideas can be found anywhere, but for me I being by creating my characters, then putting them in a situation that is going to do nothing but cause them trouble.


Bartender Beth Grant has sworn off men after yet another failed relationship, but when a friend dares her to dance with a handsome stranger, she’s tempted by the fantasy.  Jake turns out to be dashing, charming and very rich, everything Beth avoids.  But she can’t resist, and one dance turns into an evening of exquisite passion.  Beth vows not to repeat a night like this, despite liking the mysterious Jake – a lot.

Successful business owner Jake Masters knows he’s met his dream girl the minute he lays eyes on Beth across the crowded dance floor.  But the next morning she disappears and all he has is her first name.  Jake vows to go to any length to get more than one night with Beth, and when he discovers she has a jaded past, he puts his heart and soul at risk to prove he’s the one.

Available at Amazon

Available at all other e-book retailers on Sept. 20th.



Michael Levin is a rising Hollywood start up for a career-making role.  The pressure is intense, but thankfully the leading lady in his life, Kelsey Pierce, knows just how to wield the whip and ease his tension.  However, when his potential co-star schemes to take Kelsey’s place in his off-screen life, Michael has to switch to Master mode, a role he’s more than comfortable with, and assume command.

Can Michael and Kelsey’s relationship withstand the strain, or will they survive the games and find long-lasting love?

Book will be available Sept. 24th at Amazon, your favorite e-retailer or at Sybarite Seductions.

12 comments to “Guest Blogger: Marie Tuhart”

  1. Stacey
    · September 17th, 2013 at 10:11 am · Link

    Ohhh….smexy! 😛

  2. ELF
    · September 17th, 2013 at 1:05 pm · Link

    Thanks for sharing. I love watching how characters deal with adversity…hopefully with grace and fortitude, lol.

  3. Marie Tuhart
    · September 17th, 2013 at 2:10 pm · Link

    Hi Stacey,

    Thanks for the smexy comment.


  4. Marie Tuhart
    · September 17th, 2013 at 2:11 pm · Link

    Hi Elf,

    Love your avatar 🙂 Thanks for the comments, it’s always fun to see what my characters will do.


  5. JackieW
    · September 17th, 2013 at 4:22 pm · Link

    As far as where you get ideas for a story, what if a reader had a great idea, would you use it if they told it to you? Would you give the reader credit for coming up with the idea?

  6. Judy Stone
    · September 17th, 2013 at 4:32 pm · Link

    Thank you for describing your creative process. I’m not a storyteller, but it makes perfect sense. If you know your characters intimately, you know how they’ll react in a given situation. Unless the little stinkers blindside you. 😀

  7. Marie Tuhart
    · September 17th, 2013 at 5:32 pm · Link

    Hi JackieW,

    Well, that would be a fine line. It would depend on the idea the reader had, and I would have a contract written up between myself and the reader, so there could be no mistakes later (have to be careful these days). Yes, I would give the reader credit for the idea and put them on the dedication page of my book.

  8. Marie Tuhart
    · September 17th, 2013 at 5:33 pm · Link

    Hi Judy,

    Thanks for the comment. Yes, those characters can blindside this writer a lot of times.

  9. Lori
    · September 17th, 2013 at 5:50 pm · Link

    I play the what if game too! And I’m the same – have to have the character firmly in mind before I can move forward.

    Thanks for sharing! And I agree – very SMEXY!! 😛

  10. Nia Simone
    · September 17th, 2013 at 6:40 pm · Link

    I love reading more details about your creative process, Marie, and I loved More Than One Night.

  11. Marie Tuhart
    · September 17th, 2013 at 6:43 pm · Link

    Hi Lori,

    The what if game is fun sometimes. Thanks for the comment.

  12. Marie Tuhart
    · September 17th, 2013 at 6:44 pm · Link

    Hi Nia,

    Thanks for the comment and I’m glad you loved More Than One Night, its a fun book.

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