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Thursday, July 15, 2010

GetToKnowTheBook: Author Kaily Hart 'Picture This'

Writers. Where do we get our ideas? There’s no easy answer to this and you’ll probably get a bunch of different answers if you ask a group of writers. For me, it’s ‘everywhere’. Everything I see, read, feel and hear is potential input. It could be a funny expression, a piece of clothing, a snippet of a song, a hair style, a name on a sign, my reaction to something…literally anything can spark an idea and it can happen at any time. I may not remember names, I might forget my kid’s dentist appointments, I might not be able to repeat what my husband said to me mere minutes before, but I never, ever forget a detail I liked. And it gets filed away for later use. Someone recently asked me about the premise for Picture This, and how I came up with it. Honestly? I have absolutely no idea. Just for fun, I thought I’d take some of the elements of the book I can trace back and tell you about those:
The hero, Sam Steele’s name is similar to a guy my husband used to play golf with over fifteen years ago! Always loved the name ‘Steele’, but he looked absolutely nothing like Sam! See? Never forget a detail!
I have the denim dress Jillian wears to Sam’s house. Trust me, I’ve never gotten as lucky as Jillian does wearing it and ah…it probably doesn’t look as good on me :)
Jillian’s shaving mishap? Yeah, well, that can happen to anyone, right? Right? LOL
I might not have described the building where Jillian lives it in the book in much detail, but the visual I had is of an apartment building I used to actually live in, in downtown San Diego.
Ideas are funny things. Sometimes it’s easy to see what sparked one. Other times, I have no clue. One thing I do know is I have no shortage of them!


Desperate and young, Jillian Moore did something she knew would one day come back to bite her in the ass. She’d posed nude. For money. Years later, and on the fast track to a successful career, she’s still haunted by her mistake. She can’t help but wonder when her past will catch up with her.

Samuel Steele is not short on female attention, but the women who warm his bed pale in comparison to the fantasy he’s created of the seductive temptress in the painting hanging prominently in his bedroom. A fantasy that has ruined his once satisfying sex life. When he discovers that her exact likeness works in his building—for him—things get…interesting.

Excerpt R-rated

Oh my God, Samuel Steele was a walking, talking wet dream.
She’d drooled from afar plenty, but up close he was downright gorgeous. Every woman in the place, and even some of the guys, had checked out his tight butt, flat abs and broad shoulders, and although he’d never worn anything but a suit to the office, that didn’t stop imaginations from running riot. His hair was dark and thick, his skin tanned, and regardless of the time of day, his jaw always seemed darkened with at least a day’s beard growth. And his eyes. She’d never been close enough to make out their color before, but they were a dark, piercing gray. They should have looked cold, but the way he was looking at her made her wonder if someone had turned off the air-conditioning.

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  1. Thanks so much for having me here today! It was a great opportunity to reflect on how certain things make it into my books. Have you ever wondered where ideas in books come from?

  2. I was at a movie and a preview for one of the Harry Potter films came on. I wondered, "what if JK Rowling couldn't come up with another idea and couldn't write anymore?" It led to a book featuring a children's book author who was stuck for her next big idea.

    You never know where those inspirations will come from.

    Kristin Wallace
    President, FRW

  3. It's true! I think writers see ideas in everything, everywhere. It's hardwired into our brains, lol.

    Great (yummy) excerpt, btw. Thanks!

  4. Isn't it fun taking memories and experiences, shoving them in your writing blender and waiting to see what concoctions turns up?
    Another great blog, Kaily

  5. I love the name Steele. It reminds me of Remington Steele, that 80's show. Boy did I have a thing for Pierce Brosnan back then. It's a great alpha hero name!

    As always, a great and insightful post, Kaily!

  6. Your welcome, Kaily. It's my pleasure to have you on Romance Alley!

  7. Hey Kristin, thanks for stopping by! What a great story. I think for writers, anything is fodder for a potential story :).

    Thanks, Misti!

    Sherry, thanks for following along! The blender analogy is a good one!

    Rula, I didn't think of that connection but Pierce? Hubba Hubba...