Friday, December 4, 2009

Author Lori Wilde drops by... (& a Giveaway - closed)

CONGRATS TO LUCKY WINNER- DORIS!

Lori Wilde's The Sweethearts' Knitting Club Featured at A Book Blogger's Diary Author Lori Wilde Featured at A Book Blogger's Diary
Guess what?! Lori Wilde, the author of The Sweethearts' Knitting Club is guest blogging here today! You can read more about the book and my review at A Bookworm Reads. Too impatient to click thru? In that case, The Sweethearts' Knitting Club (Avon, 400p, Isbn-9780061808890) is the kind of cozy romance you’ll want to curl up with during the holidays...and never put down.

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Authors are often asked where they get their ideas. We hate that question. I contend we’re being asked the wrong question. I think the real question is: How do you turn those millions of ideas into a cohesive story? Because let’s face it, truly ideas are everywhere. All you have to do is turn on the television or get on Twitter or observe your friends and family. There’s no lack of ideas.

The bare spark for The Sweethearts' Knitting Club started from a comment I heard an editor make at a conference. She said nothing does it for her like bad boys. Readers seem to agree. But how to make a bad boy fresh? That was my question. For some reason, that Carly Simon song, “Jesse” popped into my head. (Here’s where I admit I have a music playlist for every book and I don’t go out seeking the songs, they just come to me.)

I was working on another book at the time and tucked the bad boy to the back of my mind. Then my mother-in-law got breast cancer. Since I’m also a nurse and she had no one else to take her to her radiation treatments, I volunteered. Five days a week, for six weeks I drove the forty miles to her house. On that daily drive, I had a lot of time to think.

One day, the song “Jesse’s Girl” came on the radio and I could see this envious guy lusting after Jesse’s girl. I knew then that my hero was Jesse and he was a bad boy. And then ta-da, I had the twist. I was going to tell a love triangle between a bad boy who wasn’t so bad, a good boy who wasn’t so good and the woman who loved them both.

I already knew where I wanted to set this book—in a small tourist lake town in Texas where I once lived. I also knew I wanted this to be a reunion story. And I knew I wanted a group of tight-knit women who could play matchmakers and mentors to my heroine. Tight knit, hmm? How about if they were a knitting club? But a lot of authors had been doing knitting clubs. How could I make mine different? Well, what if like me, my heroine couldn’t knit. What if it was her dark secret and she’d be kicked out of the club if they found out?

From there, a story was born. And an author had to learn how to knit in order to write it.

Fast forward a year and a half. My mother-in-law is in remission. The Sweethearts’ Knitting Club is on the shelves and hey, I’m knitting Christmas gifts! See where those ideas can take you if you just ride with them for awhile? So if you’re ever tempted to ask an author where she gets her ideas, stop and instead ask her, “How did you turn your idea into a story?” You just might be surprised.
Reading an author's guest post like this one is truly inspiring, I find. It's like Sherlock Holmes once said to Watson - "...You see, but you do not observe." That's what it's like being a reader and discovering how these experienced authors truly a stone into a diamond. And Lori, you're to be commended for taking such good care of your MIL!

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50 comments :

  1. How fun our library has a Knit Stitch and Read group. Knitting is really starting to become an in thing around here! This books like a fun read.

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  2. justpeachy36@yahoo.com

    I enjoyed reading about Lori's writing process. I find that sort of thing fascinating. As far as recommending a bad boy book, I would have to say that Teresa Mederios has created a great character with Julian Kane in "The Vampire Who Loved Me." Julian is not only a man about town, but he has to hide in the shadows also... He is just a wonderful bad boy character. Even if you aren't into Vampire's or Paranormal reads, this one is more of a love story than anything else. Check it out!

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    +10 I posted the giveaway and link on my blog here:

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  9. Josh McKenzie is the bad boy in Katlyn Stewart's Fire in the Ice.

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  12. Sexy bad boy: Edward of course from Twilight!

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  20. Sexy bad boy? I had trouble coming up with an answer, but then I thought of one of the classics that I've always loved: Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby! Now THERE's a sexy bad boy (and did you see Robert Redford play him in the movie years ago?)

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  25. Well ask and you shall receive.. that's amazing how you came up with the story. Sounds really good I love her deep dark secret. :)

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  27. One of my favorie bad boys is Griff Burkett, from Play Dirty by Sandra Brown. He makes you drool at times. And some times just dirty..

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  36. Snape from the Harry Potter books, for sure. :)

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  37. Edward from Twilight.

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  38. I would recommend Edward from Twilight.
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  41. Thank you all for stopping by and leaving your comments. The Winner has been notified.

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