Please help me welcome historical author Sophia Nash to the blog today. She’s written an interesting guest post about keeping your creativity and is sharing her latest release The Once And Future Duchess published by Avon.
And don’t forget to enter her fabulous giveaway. Details are at the end of the post!
How to Keep Creative Juices Flowing
Readers often ask where I get ideas for books. What most don’t understand is that dreaming up ideas is the easy part. It’s called imagination run amok. And most writers have a rich inner world. Wherever we go, whatever we see, whoever we meet … it’s all fodder.
But sometimes I have to kick start my imagination. When my writing begins to feel stale, I have a favorite way to regain creative flow. All I have to do is choose an object. Or go to the local Starbucks and study a group of people. Then, pen and notebook in hand, I imagine the object’s history or a person’s back story. Anything goes. I not only look at the obvious, but dig deep. What is the story behind a terrifying bad haircut or funny tattoo? And why is the man smiling to himself as he orders a double whip latte? Or who were the people who held a 100 year old gold coin in their hands? And what did they buy with it? And it all goes down on the page.
Sometimes it’s only a few sentences. Sometimes it’s five pages. And sometimes . . . it ends up in one of my stories. Such is the case with the infamous crow in my new book, The Once and Future Duchess.
What are your favorite ways to keep fresh ideas flowing for your job?
A duchess in time saves a noble line…
In theory, the Duke of Candover is the most eligible peer in the realm. But in truth, he has a deep aversion to the merest hint of marriage, not to mention two botched engagements which have marked his jaded soul. Now, after a debauched bachelor party that causes public outcry, the Prince Regent is demanding that it’s Candover’s turn to be brought to heel. And Prinny secretly believes that Isabelle Tremont, the Duchess of March, is precisely the lady up to the challenge.
Isabelle must marry, but a day of reckoning with the man she’s loved for years is her greatest fear. If Candover insists she’s too young and innocent for a seasoned world-weary man like him, there’s no shortage of other candidates. Gentlemen of prestige and position. Gentlemen whose attentions are driving Candover to jealous distraction. Yet one abandoned moment under the stars hints that if they can put aside pride and duty, then a love once denied might just be their destiny.
Sophia Nash was born in Switzerland and raised in France and the United States, but says her heart resides in Regency England. Her ancestor, an infamous French admiral who traded epic cannon fire with the British Royal Navy, is surely turning in his grave. Before pursuing her long-held dream of writing, Sophia was an award-winning television producer for a CBS affiliate, a congressional speechwriter, and a nonprofit CEO. She lives in the Washington, D.C., suburbs with her husband and two children. Sophia’s novels have won twelve national awards, including the prestigious RITA® Award, and two spots on Booklist’s “Top Ten Romances of the Year.”
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