How do we as authors come up with our storylines. I, personally, can find a storyline in almost anything. A song, watching people in an airport, a dream or even seeing a couple walking hand in hand in a park. How did they meet? Was it love at first sight? Did their eyes meet across a room and they just knew there was something special there? Was theirs a long courthship or a quick 'I love you'. For those that don't know, I'm a panster. A panster is a writer who writes by the seat of their pants. Doesn't plot it out, just let's it write itself, so to speak. My characters tell me their story and I write it down. A lot of the time, I don't know where the story is going to go until I get there myself. They have a tendency to throw surprises at me, too.
I'm sure many of you have read some of my stories and I know I have a thing for cowboys. It's a given. I know. Big surprise, right? I love a man in tight Wranglers, pointed-toe boots and a cowboy hat. I'll even do a double-take if I see a man in a hat. I love horses, too. I have two of them and they are the biggest babies you could ever want to be around.
So I'm sure you have to wonder, is my husband a cowboy? Nope. Furthest thing from it actually. I did get him into a cowboy hat, jeans and boots for our wedding though. He puts up with my cowboy fascination and loves me anyway. He has been on the horse -- once or twice, but a natural, he's not. He is the love of my life though and we were one of those, 'I love you' very quickly. We met on New Years' Eve 1998 and he asked me to marry him 2 weeks later. On the 28th of this month, we'll be married 11 years.
So for those of you who haven't found that special someone and live through our novels, we thank you. Yes, I do still have my fantasy men, but they have now become the heroes in my books and I love for all my readers to meet them as each new piece becomes available.