Writing Inspiration by Ashley Bostock
My writing inspiration comes from a variety of things. First off, I like certain romance tropes like friends to lovers or brother’s best friend, as well as the past lovers who are now forced together again. When I begin a new story, I think of those situations and I think about what kind of characters I want to write about – those could come from people I know, great books that I’ve just read or from T.V.
I look at current events in the world as well as current necessaties – cell phones, iPads, etc. and think up how/what I could create for a plot. Another way I get my inspiration for writing is looking at photographs on Instagram. A picture says a thousand words, you know. One example of that for me that hit me yesterday was a woman I know is heavily involved with CrossFit and she posted a collage photo of her receiving training from some Olympian Heavyweight trainer. She was lifting a barbell and this trainer, was really close to her, helping her achieve her goals, right? Well, she is this blonde bombshell-type and the second I saw that picture I could only think of what that guy must be thinking and how that sexual tension has to be there, even if you aren’t in tune to it. If you’ve ever received any sort of physical training from the opposite sex, I’m guessing you know what I’m referring to. Anyway, I got to thinking about how that image could be a conflict for a novel: maybe he is training her and she doesn’t know he was the guy that hurt her older brother in high school, etc. You get the idea!
Another way I get my inspiration is by listening to people talk. People will tell their own story if you give them a chance. You wouldn’t believe how many people, once they find out I write romance, offer up the idea that I should write about them and their crazy lives. And it’s almost always in regards to their sex life.
So far, I’ve been blessed in the sense that I haven’t had too difficult of a time finding writing inspiration. In fact, it’s more like I have to make a list of plot ideas for potential stories and when I have time, I will write them.
Publication date: December 26th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
I’ve always been Miranda Phillips, the town pariah. Growing up with neglectful parents, having sought attention from all the guys that were willing to give it to me, I wasn’t the most well-behaved kid in Lone Star. Not to mention all of the juvenile delinquent acts I’ve committed in my past.
But now I am Lone Star’s only reporter and I’ve come a long way from being that lost, troubled girl, even if most of the town still judged me for it. I don’t allow anyone to get in the way of what I want. Including Ryan John. So when I corner him in a dark hallway and get him to succumb to the sizzling attraction between us, I know I’m playing with fire.
Even though I’ve successfully avoided her for two months, I haven’t forgotten how she tastes or what she feels like in my arms. And when I get sent a mysterious letter from some company wanting to buy my thousand shares of water rights that have been in my family for over a hundred years, I’m convinced that there is no one…err, better equipped, to help me than Lone Star’s reporter, Miranda Phillips.
I know how desperately she wants me and this letter gives me all the reason I need to spend one night with the girl from the wrong side of town. One night in exchange for her tight investigative skills. And believe me, she’s tight, in more ways than one. One night. Because Miranda is trouble and being on the city council, as well as guardian to my younger brother and sister, means I can’t afford trouble.
Even if it comes packaged just the way I like.
Ashley Bostock was born and raised in Colorado where she currently resides with her husband, two children, her dog and two cats.
She loves reading, writing, and music and is always trying to find more time in the day to incorporate all three. Seeking an outlet and pursuing her life-long passion for writing, she began composing her first novel in late 2013.
She has traveled all over the world, but still has an extensive list of places she would love to visit. Anywhere near a sky-blue ocean will always be at the top of that list.
She carries a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a concentration in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State College of Denver. While she loves children, she now fears teaching, which probably has something to do with being a stay-at-home mom.
Interesting Fact: Ashley has been to every Disney theme park in the world.
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