Today I am one of the two blog stops on the first day of the blog tour for The Trouble with Words by Suzie Tullett! She is published by Bombshell Books. Today she is sharing a Guest Spot and talking about what helps her to be inspired to write.
Annabel is desperate to have a baby – there’s just one problem. She’s single, and after losing her husband in a hit and run accident she’s just not ready for a relationship.
Dan is on the hunt for the perfect woman – but when his mother drops a bombshell, he starts to feel the pressure.
When Dan and Annabel’s worlds collide, both think that maybe they’ve found the solution to their problems…but things start to get messy.
Can both Dan and Annabel get what they want?
Both will soon find out that the trouble with words is finding the right thing to say.
As an author, one of the most frequent questions that I’m asked is where do I get my inspiration? Where do the ideas for my books come from? The truth is, inspiration can come from anywhere. It lies in magazine articles and news reports. It comes from events, places, and new experiences. People can inspire by what they do and say. We just have to open our eyes and ears to the world around us, and then ask ourselves What? When? Why? Where? and How? And just as importantly What if?
Take this weekend. I was on a ferry from France to the UK. Public places like these are great for people watching, and glancing around as I sat out on deck, I caught a snippet of a conversation between a young woman and a couple of other travelers. They clearly didn’t know each other, yet the young woman happily shared information the rest of us might prefer to keep to ourselves. A curious situation for any observer, but the exchange became even more interesting when I realized it included the fact that her sister suffered from amnesia. Then to make matters worse, that her sister’s boyfriend of eight years was using this medical condition to deny any knowledge of the poor girl at all.
Fascinating, isn’t it?
I wish I could tell you the rest of the story but I can’t. It was at this point that the young chatterbox noticed I’d tuned in and, looking my way, paused mid-sentence, naturally forcing me to turn my attention elsewhere. Not that this stopped me from wondering what caused her sister’s amnesia? Or why the boyfriend concerned would want to desert her like this? And it certainly didn’t stop me questioning how, in an age of social media, he could possibly get away with such a lie? So, it’s easy to see how these random bits of dialogue can act as inspiration. They sow the seeds of an idea, which is exactly how my latest book, The Trouble with Words, came about.
Listening to people’s exchanges, and I include my own conversations in this, I began to notice how easily we make promises to each other. Simple promises that we have every intention of keeping and I suppose, once made, so we should. But we all know that life doesn’t always go according to plan, that circumstances very often change – a fact that led me to think in terms of What if?
For example, what if maintaining our word suddenly meant sacrificing ourselves in some way? Do we then try to work around our promise? Or do we put ourselves first? Hence the book’s title – The Trouble with Words.
It’s an interesting dilemma and one that I enjoyed writing about. Now I’m looking forward to hearing what readers think too.
About the Author:
Suzie Tullett is an author of contemporary humorous fiction and romantic comedy. She has a Masters Degree in Television & Radio Scriptwriting and worked as a scriptwriter before becoming a full-time novelist. Her motto is to ‘live, laugh, love’ and when she’s not busy creating her own literary masterpieces, she usually has her head in someone else’s.
Suzie lives in a tiny hamlet in the middle of the French countryside, along with her husband and two Greek rescue dogs.