With: Melinda Dozier
When I first started to write, my sister-in-law asked me the most popular question for an author: “Where did you get the idea for your book?” It seems like a simple question, but it’s not a simple answer. How can I explain to people that my ideas just come to me from nowhere or that I actually have characters talking to me in my head? I’m not crazy. It’s just one of the joys of being an author – all the voices that fill up my brain and scream to come out.
Jake and Amanda from Time Changes Everything screamed at me for a long time. On maternity leave with my youngest son, I had the time to sit down at my computer and wheedle out their ideas. It wasn’t hard, but it was all new to me. I’ve heard the phrase, “Write what you know” so often, that I thought I did it all wrong. I know different now. I often write what I don’t know and learn all about it. It’s called research.
Some of the ideas I had to research for Time Changes Everything included:
1. Their professions. Jake is a Sports Attorney and Amanda is a Buyer at Macy’s. Never in my life have I wanted to do either of these occupations, but they were perfect for these characters. In fact, they both "told" me so! (Remember, I'm not actually crazy!) Although I could never organize a fashion line or write a contract for a sports figure, I do know a little more than when I started.
2. The setting. New York City has always been a dream for me! When I wrote Time Changes Everything, I had never been to New York. I researched Manhattan and all the different places that Jake and Amanda visit. I had so much fun! Sometimes Amanda told me she wanted to visit a locale, like Central Park, and I'd open up a search engine and, BOOM, it'd take me there. New York has been the setting for several books of mine since and I'm so happy to say I finally visited NYC in January of this year. Of course, I took a tour of many of the places that star in Time Changes Everything -- like Macy's and a bagel shop across the street from Central Park.
3. Fashion Shows. Fun, right? Amanda ends up running a fashion show for a VIP fashion designer, Denalo. I’ve never had to be in charge of a fashion show. I can barely manage my own household. Research helped me view the new lines, the runway, models, stage setup, crews, hairdressers… you name it. It’s a real adrenaline rush and Amanda takes us through it.
So, my answer to those who ask where I get my ideas is often, “The ideas are just there in my head.” I call it imagination. Artistry. Fantasy. But, one of my favorite responses to that answer came from a friend last week. It was this: “She’s just a bona fide romantic.” And that’s the truth!
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Amanda Larson is dedicated to her job and doesn't want to make time for anything else. Until she runs into Jake Edwards. He used to be the cute boy next door; now he's a sexy, big shot lawyer.
Jake Edwards isn't interested in commitment. He's successful, sexy, and single--and that's how he likes it. When he reconnects with Amanda, Jake realizes he might have to rethink his philosophy on the carefree, bachelor lifestyle.
But, is it too late for them? Or can he convince her that he's ready to give her his heart?
Reading romance has always been at the top of Melinda's favorite past times. You can always find a book in her hands no matter where she is.
Melinda is Louisiana born, New Mexico raised, Guatemala adopted, and recently a newcomer to Houston, Texas. So, it's only natural that her stories take place all across the world.
Melinda loves reading, reality TV, traveling, blogging, and playing Words with Friends.
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In high school, Amanda was someone special. Hell, even before then. Their parents were best friends, which had forced Jake and Amanda together. At first, he’d thought it was a hindrance. Later, when she developed longer legs and a bigger bust, he found himself around her more. After discovering her quirkiness, her love of art and her sense of humor, he actually enjoyed being around her. But he never touched her.
He contemplated running his fingers through her hair like he did his first year of college –– the last time they were alone –– the night he left town and never saw her again.
Did she remember the night he left? Of course she did. Seven years ago, he’d ruined their friendship. He knew Amanda almost as well as he knew himself. Well, he’d known her. Now she was a different woman.
Jake leaned in closer, running his hand down her arm. “Know what I’m thinking?”
Amanda fiddled with her coaster and smiled at him. “I’m not sure I want to know.”
“I’m thinking we should spend a lot more time together.” He reached over and held her chin. “It’s been way too long.”
Amanda licked her lips, and damn it, it actually turned him on. Sweet little Mandy Larson wasn’t so sweet anymore. She was driving him crazy.
She moved closer bridging distance. “Why wait? There’s no time like the present.”
“Exactly.” He drank the last of his beer as the waiter returned with her martini sans olive.
Jake leaned on the table with his elbows, folded his hands together and studied her.
“Look at you, drinking a martini, living the life in New York City.” He examined her from head to toe. “A sexy skirt. Tall boots.” He ran a finger down her cheek. “A beautiful face.”
Amanda hiccupped and put down her glass. “Now, wait a minute. I know it’s been a while, but some things never change, including you.” She wagged her finger at him. “No smooth talking with me. Don’t forget I used to know you better than anybody.”
Because his fingers actually ached with the need to touch her again, he reached over and held her hand. “Yeah, but things have changed, Mandy. We’re two different people now, and I can’t wait to get to know who you are now.”
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