Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Regency lady at worktableI am in that unique space of having finished the last book in my contract and I have to think of a new story.

Unlike some of my friends (Amanda???) I don’t have an endless fund of story ideas.

So I want to know where I can get some?
My story ideas often come from the previous story, but eventually I run out of characters to write about. That’s the situation I’m in now.

Sometimes my stories come from a little glimmer of an idea, usually based on something historical, like the aftermath of Badajoz (my three soldiers series). Or the laws of the Regency, like in Scandalizing the Ton, where I wanted to explore the inheritance laws of widows, pregnant widows.

I’ve also used various popular Romance themes, like Marriage of Convenience (too many of my books to list!), or in my next release, A Marriage of Notoriety, a Beauty and the Beast theme.

So, is there a story out there you are pining to have someone write? Do you have favorite Romance themes? I’d love to know!!

About diane

Diane Gaston is the RITA award-winning author of Historical Romance for Harlequin Historical and Mills and Boon, with books that feature the darker side of the Regency. Formerly a mental health social worker, she is happiest now when deep in the psyches of soldiers, rakes and women who don’t always act like ladies.
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