A question I get asked a lot is: “where do you get your ideas for stories?,” and “is your book based on real life?”
My answer to that is easy. “I wish my life was so interesting!”
But definitely some real life events prove as catalysts for my stories. A great example is in my new book, WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE, out in just over a month from today (who’s excited?, ME!!!)
WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE begins with the heroine, Ella, finding an escaped cockateil, and as it turns out, the very hunky man who owns said cockateil is the hero of the story, Jake Honeychurch.
It just so happens that on Boxing Day 2015, I was sitting on the deck of our house with my great mate, Carrie, watching our combined kids bounce on the trampoline. There was a ruckus in the bush nearby and all of a sudden a sweet little bird landed near the tramp on the ground. Other birds dove at it, but our kids and all the bouncing scared the other birds off. (4 kids on a trampoline scares me too, just quietly!)
The only one not scared by all the bouncing was the bird. He was obviously used to noise and young children, and he was more comfortable with little humans than those nasty other pecking things with wings. So my hubby, who knows a thing or two about picking up birds, approached the little guy with big eyes and coo-ing sounds. Before I could blink the bird was on my hubby’s finger, then shoulder, making no signs he wanted to leave anytime soon.
We put a notice on the #Cowaramup Facebook page with a photo to find the bird’s owners. It turned out he belonged to a local family who was missing him dreadfully. Everyone was reunited and like a very good romance, we all lived happily ever after.
WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE is about ex-Olympic swimmer Ella, who has come to Chalk Hill in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia to restart her life. Chalk Hill is a long way from the water and that suits Ella just fine. She’s left the water behind for good. Oceans. Rivers. Lakes. Swimming Pools. Creeks.
Isn’t it lucky Jake Honeychurch has a very big dam 🙂
It’s also lucky he’s good at picking up birds…
WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE is available on all your favourite e-tailer platforms for pre-order now; and out in print in shops from February 19th.
That’s why I write stories to make you smile. Otherwise we all go nuts.
psst: Great special prices on THE VINEYARD IN THE HILLS available at iTunes, Kobo and Amazon for Australian readers! For a limited time only the book is 99c. Check your e-reader store. Please carefully check the price before you click as they may change without notice!