I’m a visual person. I learn by watching. As a writer, I can’t get a scene on paper unless I can see it in my head. Surprisingly though, I’m not one of those people who create story boards for their books. I like the concept of having photos of each of my characters – pictures of everything from the dress the bride wore to the kind of tires on the hero’s motorcycle. It works for some people, but I can never find images that match what’s in my head.
A picture can however spark ideas for a scene or the start of a story or even a character for me. Like today. As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I found a photo of a man – needless to say he was a good looking man – that made the little voice in my head whisper, “he’s hunting a dragon.” After a moment’s pause, the rest of my brain fired up.
Why would he be hunting a dragon? In what century would this man live? What would he do with the dragon after he caught it? Exactly how lethal is this man? And what kind of woman would catch his interest and match his soul so closely that he’d be willing to lay down his life for her?
After rolling those questions around for a bit, I stopped and asked myself what it was about that photo that made me think he was hunting a dragon. Was there something about the set of his chin? (He did have razor stubble and God knows that always catches my attention) Were his eyes dark and edgy? Or was it the touch of mystery the black and white shading gave him?
My answer: I have no idea.
But I know I have the start of a brand new story!! Now to find time to write the darn thing…
In the meantime, check out my contemporary novella Risky Business…
Mia Sanford has admired Jake Hudson from afar ever since she transferred to Marketing. She might be comfortable tangling with the company playboy in meeting rooms but not in private. Facts and figures she can handle, but that blue-eyed devil is out of her league.
Jake was impressed with Mia, the sexy analyst who provides his monthly Marketing data, the first day he met her. Not only is she smart and reliable, she has legs that have inspired a few sizzling hot workplace fantasies. However, her girl-next-door demeanor and the company’s no fraternization rules force Jake to keep things strictly professional.
When Mia becomes the target of an embarrassing betting pool at the annual office party, Jake alerts her to the danger. But since he never expressed an interest in her until now Mia isn’t certain if he’s really looking out for her, or just trying to win the pool himself. If she trusts him, it might place both her reputation and her heart on the line.
Dena Garson is a Process Redesign Specialist by day and a writer and jewelry designer by night. She is raising two rowdy boys who play lots of sports which forces her to spend way too much time on the practice field and/or sidelines. Thankfully she has a loyal and loving Labrador Retriever to listen when she complains and a spoiled cat who reminds her daily she is merely a servant.