A lot of people ask me where I come up with the ideas for my books. A good question, if only I had the answer more often! Most of the time, I have no idea where the idea for the book came from. It’s just one of those things that just kind of…happens.
Except with THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE. I had had this dusty unsold manuscript about a woman who wakes up in the wrong man’s bed two weeks before her wedding. 99% of the book was too terrible to fix, but I had that opening scene that I’d always liked, and wanted to use it. But the problem was framing an entirely new plot around that one scene. At the same time, I really wanted to hone in on what I wanted to write (outside of category romance). A friend of mine suggested I make a list of what’s important to me, and I did:
Okay, whoops. The order’s a bit off ;-) but that’s the list I made, and I thought if I could find a way to combine those things into one book…heck, I’d have a book that made me happy every time I worked on it. I toyed with that number one for some time, then realized, being an amateur cook, that I really wanted a book with food in it. And I wanted that book to not just be entertaining, but also useful. So…why not put recipes into the book?
These weren’t just ordinary recipes (although they were all tested by me…I know, the sacrifices one makes for a book ;-). They were PART of the story. The 30-odd recipes in THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE are written by different characters and foreshadow the events to come in the next scene. So they’re a bit of cooking, a bit of wisdom, and a bit of plot.
This month, THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE is being re-released as an ebook, and was also picked as part of the Nook First program, which gives BarnesandNoble.com an exclusive for 30 days (then it’ll be on Kindle, etc.). I’m thrilled to see this book reaching readers again, and even more thrilled with the new cover design.
Tell me—do you like books that combine your favorite things in life (whether it be chocolate or gardening or whatever) with the story? I always feel like it’s bonus ;-) and hope readers feel the same way about THE BRIDE WORE CHOCOLATE! :-)
Link to the book: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-bride-wore-chocolate-shirley-jump/1006330359?ean=2940014387750
My website: www.shirleyjump.com