Have you ever wondered how an author comes up with story ideas? For me it’s a simple observation. I see or hear something, and a tale begins spinning in my head. What if? I love that question. I was sitting on my porch trying to plot my next romantic suspense and feeling stuck. I knew I needed to write a sequel to Shades of Gray. I love writing suspense. But I was distracted.
I reached for one of my reference books and noticed I’d used a losing lottery ticket as a bookmark – I believe in recycling. Studying the ticket, I thought about a conversation I’d had with my daughter the previous night. She was giving up on men – dogs were more reliable. She was buying her own home and returning for a second graduate degree. What if?
I stared at the lottery ticket and wondered what her life would be like if she won the millions for a dollar investment. And The Ex Lottery was created. I’m happy to say the book itself has nothing to do with her life, but I thank her for her frustration that day because it sparked my imagination.