Today I’m beyond thrilled to have an awesome friend, reviewer, Words with Friends addict and author joining me on the blog. Please help me welcome Nikki Lynn Barrett to the blog. She spins wonderful stories of romance with characters you can’t help but LOVE! Her latest release is THE KEY TO MY HEART. I love this cover….of course all of Nikki’s books have beautiful covers, so it’s no surprise 🙂
Today she’s talking about plotting and characters.
Also, at the end of the post, please enter her fab giveaway!
Take it away Nikki…
Thank you for having me on your blog today!
So, I have to admit. I’m a total non plotter. Even with the Love and Music in Texas series. I wasn’t always certain who was getting the next story. I winged it while writing book one, Baby Stetson and in the middle of that book was when I decided the lead guitarist Jameson needed his own story. So he became book two’s hero. While writing The Melody In My Head, I learned a little more about Jameson’s sister Blaine, though I didn’t get a whole lot of her. So naturally, I became curious about the character I created in the shadow and realized she needed her story to be told. So while revising The Melody In My Head, I made sure to put a few glimpses of something in the works for Blaine. I then thought about the quiet keyboard player Randy and wondered if there was something up with those two. When Blaine came home for awhile in book 2, she seemed to spend a lot of time with Randy.
The Key To My Heart was then born. I knew I needed to create something for Blaine and Randy, and I’m glad I did.
I loved writing this friends to lovers story. I knew with book 1 and 2 that I kind of created Blaine as a person who seemed a little selfish. How was I to know I would want more out of her? Blaine’s back story came to me pretty quick as I started writing her story. She had a lot to hide and she had her reasons.
When creating my stories, there are so many elements of surprise even to me. I never know where things may go, even if I do create some plots. Things change on me all the time. I’ve learned to put a little more trust in my muse, because I can always change things later if the way she leads me doesn’t work. Allowing that gives me the freedom to explore and it definitely keeps me on my toes.
While writing The Key To My Heart, it helped fuel my my muse with a new story for book four, which is Fallen Idol. I’ve had that book idea in my head for years, and writing the Love and Music in Texas series helped me realize this story needed to be part of it.
Non plotting doesn’t work for everyone, but so far it’s been working wonders for me. I love not always knowing what’s in store. I find I need to know about characters and I run with it.
Thanks for listening to my ramblings today!
One dream fails, a passion burnt out…
With no set plan and a desire to find a passion, Blaine Grant hightailed it out of Harmony’s Echo a year out of high school to find herself. Finding a passion didn’t come as easily to her as it did for others she knew. Now, Blaine has come home for good with mistakes she’d like to forget, but the past doesn’t want to forget her. Everyone thought she’d been selfish to not come back when she was needed the most, but Blaine never let anyone know the emotional hell she went through.
Another dream is just beginning to see the light…
Randy Hughes has always been the shy guy until he discovered his love of music. It wasn’t until joining the band that he grew out of his shyness. The oldest sibling and the only boy, he’s pressured by family expectations to set a good example. He’s the one who takes everyone in when they need it, and he’s the one whose own dreams are ignored. Now that big things are happening for the Baby Stetson band, Randy has to decide how to handle his family when his dreams are on the line…
A friendship is changing.
One spur of the moment, impulsive move leads Randy and Blaine into a dire situation that may bring them together, or pull them apart, just when he’s finally able to gather the courage to tell Blaine how he’s felt about her all these years…
Revisit the characters you’ve come to know in small town Harmony’s Echo, as more changes settle upon them
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I’m an avid lover of books. I’ve been writing as far back as I can remember, completing my first “book” by fifth grade in one of those one subject spiral notebooks. I have a passion for music, photography, jewelry and all things creative. I live in Arizona with my husband and son, but dream of being somewhere much colder and stormier. For now, I’ll have to live that life through my characters and stick it out with the summer heat.
*Nikki is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for Three Digital Copies of PASSIONATE KISSES Box Set*