People often ask ‘where do you get your ideas from?’ Often my response is that I just don’t know, but sometimes an idea is sparked by a newspaper article. Years ago I wrote a short story about an old couple who worried about bogus meter readers and distraction burglaries – not a jolly subject – but inspired by a spate of said crimes running in our local newspaper. The twist was that the couple actually welcomed such villains into their home. I can’t tell you why because it will spoil the surprise in my soon to be released romantic comedy Is He The Onesie? which was inspired by my own short story. The original story was gloomy and dark, with a twist, Is He The Onesie? isn’t gloomy but there’s a twist, of course. And romance. And comedy.
Other inspirations have come from much closer to home. My friend Bee (I’ll spare her shame and not give her second name) told me of her adventure when she went to pick her daughter up from work. It was late at night, she’d already got her pyjamas on and just slipped her coat over the top – she wasn’t expecting to get out the car after all. I won’t say any more, but I’ve used this incident, almost as told me to, for Ella, the star of my book; the only difference is Ella goes out in her frog onesie, complete with flapping boots.
Another tale close to home comes from Marie (no shaming with a surname) who fell over a mannequin in the middle of Marks and Spencers – of all places. That’s in the book too!
And the opening lines of the book: ‘You earn more than my husband and he’s got a mortgage to pay’ were actually said to me. It was years ago and I thought I’d forgotten about it, but out it came when I sat down to write Is He The Onesie? Which just goes to show that for us writers nothing is ever forgotten or wasted.
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