As her alter ego, Chaoscat, she is the Owner/Operator of Romance Junkies (click the blog title to visit). Samantha's favorite color is red, and she loves Chinese food in the morning for breakfast. Her love of mysteries and everything paranormal keeps her tapping at the keyboard, combining the two in her own stories. Samantha loves hearing from readers and you can reach her at: Sam@samanthastorm.com
How do writers come up with ideas for their stories?
I see readers asking this question all the time. And writers answering that they get inspiration from everything around them. Maybe they see a report on the news that starts the spark. Or it might be a snippet of conversation they overhear while standing in line at the bank. Really inspiration comes at the oddest times and you never know what will fuel it. And that is true for most of my stories.
Then there are the few stories I create just to be contrary. ;-)
I get an idea that entertains me. Something that sounds like a challenge. Can I write a murder mystery in under 120 pages? Sounds incredible hard, right? So now of course it's something I have to try. I jump on the computer and run the concept past my writing buddy. I can tell even over instant messenger that she is doubting my sanity. Especially when I mention that the characters are going to be very zany and there is going to be a love triangle.
Writing Buddy: "The cop and the bad guy? ARE YOU CRAZY!! YOU CAN'T DO THAT!!"
The fact that this usually calm woman starts typing in all caps just makes the idea that much more appealing. I have no choice but to get to work writing it, especially now I've been told it's something I shouldn't be doing.
And so the novella Murder, Mayhem and Mistletoe was born. The zany mystery comes in at 112 pages. Did I succeed in the challenge? You will have to be the judge. For every person that loves the story there is someone else out there that absolutely hates it. Which of course makes me love the story even more. I have to say sometimes it's a lot of fun being contrary.
You must be over 18 to read the story. It is spicy in nature. You can download Murder, Mayhem and Mistletoe as a free read in PDF format from this link:
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