Thursday, April 28, 2011

Where Do I Get Story Ideas by Paige Tyler

When people ask me where I get ideas for my books, I tell them anywhere and everywhere, which is true. Sometimes, I'll read an article in a newspaper or magazine and it will give me an idea. Other times, someone will say something that will make me think, hey that'd be a great idea for a book. That's how I came up with the story for GOOD COP, BAD GIRL. One of the women who works in my hubby's office is a huge fan of the television show "Cops" and she was telling him about an episode in which a cop pulled over a pair of girls for speeding and they thought the whole thing was a prank because the guy was just way too good looking to be a cop.

When my hubby told me about it, I immediately had one of those hey-that'd-be-a-great-idea-for-a-book moments! Having the hero pull the heroine over for a traffic stop wasn't going to work in the book, though, so I decided to have him show up at her apartment because the party she's having for her birthday is getting a little too loud and disturbing the neighbors. And instead of thinking it's some kind of prank, she assumes the hot cop is a male stripper her friends hired for her birthday. Hmm, a hot guy in uniform that comes with his own handcuffs. You probably think you know exactly where this is going, don't you?

While I won't tell you exactly what happens between the hero and heroine, I will share the blurb and give you the link to a sexy excerpt. Hope you enjoy it! And if you decide to pick up GOOD COP, BAD GIRL let me know how you like it!

Gotta love a guy who comes with his own handcuffs!

When a hunky cop shows up at Julie Hanson’s apartment to tell her the police received a complaint about the noise from her birthday party, she assumes he’s a male stripper her girlfriends hired. Upon discovering the gorgeous Kirk Chandler really is a police officer, she’s completely mortified, especially since she teased him about giving her a birthday spanking.

Kirk appears at her door for a second time later that night, bearing gifts and asking if she got her birthday spanking. Julie not only gets her bottom nicely warmed, but is treated to a night of pleasure that qualifies as the best birthday present any girl could ask for.

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Now for a little behind-the-scenes peek at how I came up with my paranormal erotic romance from Ellora's Cave called DEAD SEXY.

First, to set the stage, I need to share a little something with you about myself. Well, about my hubby and me, actually. We love zombie movies, from the George Romero gems to Shaun of the Dead and everything in between, including "Walking Dead," the new series on AMC. You just can't go wrong with a movie full of walking dead people, can you? Well, if you've ever seen a zombie movie (or even you haven't), then you know the creatures aren't the heroes of the film. I mean, how can they be, right? They're all dead and decayed and downright unattractive, not to mention pretty damn scary. Which was why you can imagine my surprise when my hubby suggested I write an erotic romance about a zombie hero. I was like, you're kidding, right? What woman in her right mind would fall in love with a dead guy? No way could that possibly work, or so I thought. Turns out, my hubby wasn't kidding. In fact, he started working up ideas for the story.

"The hero didn't have to be a zombie all the time," he told me. "Think outside the box - take a little literary license!"

Okay, I thought. I suppose I could be open-minded.

My hubby told me that in his out-of-the-box world, the hunky hero got cursed by an evil Voodoo priestess and only turns into a zombie sometimes.

"I'm listening," I said.

"And when he does go zombie, he doesn't have to be like the kind in the movies," my hubby added. "Well, he has to look like one, you know all dead and stuff, but he doesn't have to be a mindless creature or attack humans or eat anything gross."

So, brains are completely out, thanks goodness!

"Think Jensen Ackles or Jared Padelecki, with a really, really, really dark tan - (yes, my hubby knows I've got a thing for the Supernatural hunks!) - well, maybe more gray and black than tan, but you get the idea."

I thought about that for a minute. "So, the hero's dead, but he's still sexy, is that what you're saying?"

"Exactly," he said, giving me a grin as my eyes lit up with understanding.

By that point, my hubby had pretty much sold me on the idea.

Now that I've revealed the story behind the story, I thought I'd share the blurb and give you the link to a smokin’ hot excerpt just to whet your appetite for more!


Romance author Simone Kent thinks she might just have found the most perfect guy in all of New York City - in bed and out. But Drake Parrish is about as far from perfect as any man can get. Eight years ago, he was cursed by an evil Voodoo priestess to live part of his life as a zombie. Since then, he has lived like a recluse on New York’s Upper East Side, afraid to go out for fear he’ll suddenly turn into one of the walking dead.

The sex is the hottest either of them has ever experienced and Simone discovers just how naughty she can be with Drake, while he finds himself feeling things for her that he hasn’t felt in a very long time. When the Voodoo priestess learns of their relationship, however, she comes after him again. She is determined to make sure he won’t have a future with Simone, even if that means killing both him and the woman he loves.
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And to finish, I’ll give you the story-behind-the-story of my paranormal romance GHOST HUNTER.

When I heard my local RWA chapter set up a lecture with a team of paranormal investigators, it got me thinking right away about writing a book about a ghost hunter. Because the chapter is far from where we live, though, we didn't actually go to the lecture. I was a little bummed about that, especially since they were giving out EMF detectors. On second thought, maybe it was better we didn't go. Ghosts freak me out, so having something that can detect them probably wouldn't be a good idea.

Enough about me, back to the story-behind-the-story. While I knew the hero was a ghost hunter named Trace, I wasn't quite sure how the heroine fit into the story, or even who she was. So, my hubby and I played around with a few ideas at our local PF Chang's (we come up with a lot of story ideas there!) We both decided that having the heroine Cassidy need the hero's help because her house was haunted or something like that didn't seem original enough, so we made her a budding romance writer who tags along with the hero and his team to do some research. Like any good story, though, it had to have some conflict, which is why Trace and Cassidy completely rub each other the wrong way right from the beginning. Actually, he thinks he's a jerk. But don't worry, Cassidy discovers underneath that rough ghost hunter exterior, Trace is just the man she's been looking for.

Okay, so we had our hero and heroine. Now we needed a bad guy. That's where the ghost comes in. He's not your standard, everyday ghost, though. He's a serial killer who attacked Cassidy that comes back from the grave to continue his string of grisly murders, and she's at the top of his list. To make things even more interesting, not only can he do all the regular ghostly stuff like walk through walls and materialize out of thin air, he can also take solid form.

I'm not going to tell you any more than that, though. Don't want to give too much away, you know. I will add that my editor at Ellora's Cave told me she got so caught up in the story, she completely forgot she was reading a submission!

Now that you know the story behind the story, I think I'll tease you with an excerpt. Enjoy!


Almost getting murdered by a serial killer gives Cassidy Kincaide a new lease on life and convinces her to go ahead and tackle that ghost-hunter novel she's always wanted to write. So, she hooks up with a gorgeous paranormal investigator named Trace McCord to do some research.

Cassidy and Trace rub each other the wrong way right from the beginning, but they have to put aside their differences when the serial killer who attacked her comes back from the grave to continue his string of grisly murders, with her at the top of his list.

Trace has to keep Cassidy close to keep her safe, and as they try to stay one step ahead of the ghost while figuring out how to stop it, he and Cassidy end up in each other’s arms. While Trace has a whole list of reasons why he shouldn’t get involved with her, he finds himself falling in love with the beautiful blonde anyway. And even though Cassidy started out thinking he was a jerk, she learns that underneath the rough ghost hunter exterior, he’s just the man she’s always been looking for. Now, all they have to do, is live long enough to be together.

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Marie Rose Dufour said...

Absolutely love the excerpts. Can't wait to come home from work later and buy all of them.

Paris said...

I've said this before but until you came up with "Dead Sexy" I could not imagine a zombie hero--I think it was the whole "ick" factor...ugh, blame it on George!

Your books are always a treat! Think brownies, not brains:)

Tina Donahue said...

Great post, Paige - I like how you and your hubby's minds work. :)

Sarah J. McNeal said...

I visited a supposed haunted house near Charlotte that is also an historical site on Halloween two years ago. A paranormal investigator gave us a lecture and showed us the equipment used then showed us around the house siting different paranormal events that happened in each room. Well, it was interesting but I didn't feel a thing--nothing at all. I probably scared away what enitites may have been there. The house can thank me later. Ghost Hunter is a most entertaining book and I like all the paranormal investigative equipment you included in it.
Great blog, Paige.

Delaney Diamond said...

Your books sound interesting, Paige. I laughed when I read the excerpt for Good Cop, Bad Girl. She's in so much trouble--in a good way. It's cool that you and your husband come up with these ideas. It's like having an in-house critique partner.

Paige Tyler said...

Marie - Thank you so much! I'm so flattered! You definitely have to let me know how you like them!

Paris - LOL! Thanks so much! And yes, brownies are much yummier!

Tina - Thanks! Me, too!

Sarah - Thanks! I'm glad you're enjoying it! Though I have to admit the thought of ghosts freak me out, I really loved doing the research and writing GHOST HUNTER!

Delaney - Thanks! He's definitely my critique partner, too. When people hear that, they aren't sure how that can work, but he's very honest with his opinions, and I'm very open to listening to them, so it works well!


Adele Dubois said...


Sounds to me like your hubby is your muse. ") That's a good situation for an author to have.

Best of luck with your releases! Your stories sound interesting and fun.


Paige Tyler said...

Adele - He totally is! Thanks!


Fiona McGier said...

You're right, ideas for plots can come from anywhere. I had a book store owner recently laugh and tell me "That's how your minds work, you authors, you're always looking around for the next plot ideas, aren't you?" And she was right!
Interesting covers and blurbs. Hope for many sales for you.

Paige Tyler said...

Fiona - LOL! Totally! I'll hear or read something and think, how can I turn that into a story?


Rawiya said...

Nice post Paige!

I get my story ideas from a lot of places, songs, what I see, movies, dreams.

We are always inspired.

Much continued success

Paige Tyler said...

Rawiya - Thanks s much!


Rie McGaha said...

And all I can do is look at Ghost Hunter and sigh over gorgeous Jimmy Thomas!


Paige Tyler said...

Rie - LOL! I'd have him on all my covers!


Hales said...

I love all of your stories! Yummmy :P This sounds like another to add! Your Ghost Hunter story sounds fantastic too. You went in on the blush line was it hard?

Renee Vincent said...

Great story ideas are everywhere and you, my dear, must be a "great story idea" magnet! I love how you came up with GOOD COP, BAD GIRL! I can just picture that happening when a rowdy birthday party turns naughty and the visiting cop is thought to be the stripper. Classic!

And your other books, like DEAD SEXY was ingenious too! I LOVED that book!

Great post, Paige!

Paige Tyler said...

Hales - Thanks so much! The Blush line is just your basic traditional mainstream romance. I though it was very easy to write. For me, the characters dictate what kind of story it's going to be.

Renee - LOL! Thank you so much! I'm so glad you liked it!


Marie Rose Dufour said...

Just finished Good Cop Bad Girl. Whoo-hoo! Loved it!!!!! Kirk can come and give me a citation ANY time!!