Tuesday, August 18, 2015

FINDING the “UNIQUE”


Giveaway Alert!

Where does a unique story come from? Since the seven basic storylines have been listed and reinvented, why do we continue to tell stories? What within each romantic suspense makes us pick up another and like it for its own story? Or perhaps not like it at all? What makes each story we tell unique?

I’ve written about how locations inspire my stories and my characters’ actions, even about how the location influences the plot. Individuals in my life and the world around me play an important part, too.  Thing like the news, what I hear, a T-shirt in an airport, observing folks out for their evening walk…and even getting my makeup touched up for a party.

Last summer I went to a makeover party and the makeup artist asked how I thought up different stories. I replied that everything inspired me. She didn’t believe that having my makeup done could inspire a romantic suspense.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

It took only minutes to realize that her occupation was exactly what I needed for my next proposal. Days later, Kenderly Tyler had been hired by a mobster wife’s to fix her hair and makeup before an important dinner. My heroine witnessed her client’s murder and needed to be rescued by my hero. BULLETPROOF BADGE (I’ve been told and reminded) was one of the most organic stories I’ve written. The occupations of the characters drove the plot. Each scene grew from the previous. I can’t say it was the easiest I’ve written, but it’s definitely one I had a lot of fun finishing.

My challenger and inspiration for Kenderly Tyler puts the finishing touches
on author BJ Daniels.
SHOTGUN JUSTICE, Texas Rangers: Elite Troop #2, Harlequin Intrigue March 2016

I write “on-the-run, heroine-in-jeopardy” stories set in Texas. That’s my personal “basic” storyline. But hopefully each story is told in a very unique way. Marshals, sheriffs, cops, federal agents and cowboys pair up with scientists, cops, shop owners, astronomers, agents and beauticians in major cities and small towns.  I shouldn’t run out of ways to make them different. There’s just too many cities, things to see and people around my home state to ever have to repeat myself.  

Writers continually accept the challenge to make our stories unique with each book. Put ten authors in a room, give them the same facts, and at least ten stories will be born. Remember those seven basic plots? Even the story of Beauty and the Beast changes if “Beauty” is the hero.
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ANGI MORGAN writes “Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love.” She combines actual Texas settings with characters who are in realistic and dangerous situations. Angi's work has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best Award, Romantic Times Best First Series, Carolyn Readers Choice, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Daphne du Maurier.

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My heroine in BULLETPROOF BADGE has a special saying. Sweet Sweet Thelma is something she heard while growing up. Hashtag (#) what inspires you or a favorite saying. Or you can post or  tweet about this article using #SweetSweetThelma.

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90 comments:

  1. My mom used to say "Well, don't that beat all" when she was amazed by something.

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    1. I think I've said that once or twice in my life, Joan.
      Very cool.

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  2. I loved the post, thanks for sharing! It's incredible how easy a character can be inspired by someone like a makeup artist and end up in a romantic suspense book :)

    Thanks for the giveaway! Winning a book is always a pleasure.

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    1. You're welcome, Natalija.
      Thanks for hanging out with me.

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  3. Loved the post! And as a TX gal I love that your stories are set there :)

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    1. THANK YOU LIZ !!
      I love all the day trips and weekend trips that the hubby (and sometimes pups) get to take.

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  4. And who wouldn't want to win books!! Thanks for the chance!

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  5. My grandmother always had some odd sayings, but they always made me smile!

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    1. My father-in-law says: My stars and garters.
      I thought he'd made it up, but then heard it in several movies from the 40's.

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    1. Lynn...you are so much appreciated!
      I LOVE that you Love reading them !

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  7. Great post and awesome giveaway!

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    1. Thanks Cassandra !
      And thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Thanks for the chance ❤ you are a new author to me. I enjoyed your post

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    1. Thanks Charlotte.
      Good luck with the giveaway.

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  9. I love all your books!! As a gal from Texas they hold a special place in my heart. 😊😊❤❤

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  10. I love all your books!! As a gal from Texas they hold a special place in my heart. 😊😊❤❤

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  11. I love romantic suspense thanks for the chance

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Lorie !!
      I love writing & reading romantic suspense.

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  12. Wonderful post, Angi. I love hearing where other authors get their inspiration from.
    As a reference librarian, I spent years answering all sorts of crazy questions. But every once in a while, the interesting answers I found ended up as ideas for full-length novels or inspirations for interesting characters. :)

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    1. That's so very cool Sharon !
      I sure appreciate that IDEA !!

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  13. Hi Angi- My favorite saying these days is What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. And I do love your books.

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    1. Thanks Tammy! It's always good to hear that people like my stories.
      I listen to Kelly Clarkson's song all the time !

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  14. Two of my favorites are suspense and westerns. I have read the Harlequin Intrigues since first discovering romances. There are some good authors, you among them, writing in this line. I know I can always get a taste of the West and a suspenseful story with a hero to save the day and a heroine who is fighting for herself, but needs help. I like the sound of your new series. Will be looking for more of your books.

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    1. THANK YOU, LibraryPat !!
      I fell in love with Intrigues ! It's a dream come true writing for them !

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    2. You have joined a good group. I have enjoyed BJ Daniels' books for years. It was very nice to be able to meet her and her husband at RT this year.

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    3. That's so cool Pat. Are you in the DFW area?
      I was at RT in Dallas, too.

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    4. No. We live in NE TN. There are so many good writer-reader events going on in Texas, I wish we lived closer. RT was a bit overwhelming. I did attend Kickass Cops, Cowboys and Kisses so I guess we "met." It would be nice to attend again, but I don't know if our budget could handle it. For all you authors do, it costs you much more.

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  15. It sounds like you are an expert in setting, Angi. Your books would be interesting to read in this regard.
    Jan

    Janet_kerr@msn(at)MSN.com

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    1. Thanks Jan !
      I'd love to know your opinion if you pick one up.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. I look forward to grabbing these books

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    1. Thanks Lorie !
      I can't wait to see what covers they come up for me.

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  17. Great post Angi, love your books. My mother had a lot of sayings but I can't think of one right now. I love the intrigue line of books and can't wait to read this one. Entering under the name of Virginia

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    1. Thanks, Virginia !
      I wish I had more of my grandmother's saying. Most of hers involved sewing...

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  18. Love strong characters that are realistic which is why I love yours

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  19. Angi, I don't believe there's a single one of your books I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. :-)

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    1. Thank you, Patty !
      That means so much to me !!

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  20. Always love your books thanks again for the chance

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  21. I love being taken out of my element and environment and taken to different place thats why I love your books

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    1. Thanks so much for the love, Lorie !!
      You're awesome !!

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  22. I love your books so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I win a digital copy of one of them since I am in Canada.

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    1. Jo-Anne -- I'm giving away lots of digitals for my birthday week in October ! Stay tuned !

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    1. Ahh Lorie !
      Those are words dear to my heart. Thank you!

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  24. Thank you for the giveaway! I haven't read your books but am looking forward to reading them.

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    1. Harlequin does a great job with them. Fingers crossed for Bulletproof Badge !

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  26. Thank you for the giveaway!! Reading is my passion <3

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    1. I LUUUV readers who share passion with me !
      ~hehe...couldn't resist that one~

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  28. My children inspire me the best that I can be

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    1. I have to say, I love the quote:
      I want to be the person my DOG thinks I am.

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  29. Thanks for all the terrific writing you do

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    1. And you know, Lorie... It's hard to write a strong female heroine that "must be rescued" by the hero. Tricky business.

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  31. Love your books and thanks for letting us know about your books.

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    1. I appreciate you wanting to know about them !
      >>grin<<

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    1. I love Chicago, Lorie !
      I have a ton of pictures from that city!

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  33. Remembering 9/11 today but shared again

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    1. I shared pictures from the memorial on http://bit.ly'aPicADay

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    1. Thank you DISMISE !
      It's really fun sharing.

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  35. Best of luck to all on this great prize

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    1. Lorie I was rooting for you to win. Rafflecopter uses a random number...choosing Patricia B for the Swag & Book. But since you've given such an effort...I'd like to send one of my digital books to you !

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