Because I’m a nurse, when people find out I write medical romances they ask me if I use things that happen at work in my books. The answer to that question is always a very definite NO before I go on to explain that my readers would never believe the things that actually go on in a hospital. It is a case of reality being much stranger than fiction.
Then they ask “Well, where do you get your ideas from?” The answer to that question is always easy. I get my ideas from all the voices I’ve heard in my head for as long as I can remember. (Don’t tell my daughter, she’s a mental health nurse and she already gives me some weird looks when I try to explain my characters lives to her. I’m afraid she thinks I have imaginary friends.)
But it’s not really that simple. My ideas come from everywhere. Researching medical fields, watching TV shows, reading articles online and just being around people helps give me inspiration for my books. And sometimes I’ll have an idea for a future book come from another book I’m working on. That’s exactly what happened with my book, The Neurosurgeon’s Unexpected Family, that came out this month.
I discovered Hannah in my book, Sarah and the Single Dad, the story of a nurse practitioner who worked on a pediatric transplant unit. One of her patients was a little girl named Lindsey and her mother was Hannah. When I discovered that Hannah was a single mom working hard to provide for her daughter while making her own way through nursing school, I had to give her a much needed happily ever after.
And no one could be more perfect for her than Dr. William Cooper, an ice cold surgeon who is determined that he doesn’t need a family. Hannah had a lot of fun proving him wrong while he learned to take care of his baby sister. The single mom, fatherless child, orphaned toddler and her big brother were a motley crew, but I knew from the first chapter that they made the perfect family. Because no matter wherever my ideas come from, my characters always get their own unique happily ever after.