RITA nominee Kathleen Long is the award-winning author of 14 contemporary
romance, suspense, and women's fiction novels.
"Where do you get your ideas?" If you're an author, you've heard this question. If you're a reader, chances are good that you've asked this question.
For me, a story can be inspired by anything—a news article, a commercial, or an overheard conversation. I am forever making notes in a small tablet I keep with me at all times.
My first romantic comedy was inspired by a Feng Shui for Dummies book and an afternoon spent watching the movie Best in Show. The question of whether or not someone might confess a murder through an anonymous postcard triggered my last thriller. And so on.
But sometimes a story idea comes to life much closer to home. Such was the case with Chasing Rainbows, my new novel. After suffering the loss of my father and my daughter a few years earlier, I knew I wanted to write a bigger book that dealt with topics important to women.
Bernadette Murphy and her story were born. While much of Bernie's story is culled from my life, even more is not. The beauty of writing and creating is that the initial kernel of an idea—be it for a premise or a character—takes on a life of its own and grows into a fully formed journey for the reader by the time the book is complete.
Chasing Rainbows relates one woman's story as she coaxes herself out of a stagnant existence in order to embrace the possibilities of a fully lived life. In so doing, she delivers a message that I hope many women will find relevant and hopeful.
As for where I get my ideas? Consider yourself warned. The next time you see me, I might just pull out my tablet and start taking notes.