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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Magnetic Hot Dogs, Glass Eyes and Chow Mein
The idea for my current book, UNDERCOVER STRANGER (Harlequin Intrigue), came about while I was visiting a local doll museum with friend, Mary Buckham. Now, keep in mind that going places with Mary can be dangerous since she’s been known to smuggle herself into a ski rack at the Denver airport, “just to see where it goes.” Down a rabbit hole, perhaps? ☺
So, Mary and I were viewing the dolls behind glass and one particular doll fascinated me. Her glass eyes were so brilliant, green, and clear. I noticed she was an acquisition from another country…my mind started racing and… we’re off!
Microchip designed to control jet engines are smuggled into the US through collectible dolls.
It’s weird how these ideas find us. Or do we find them? I’m not really sure. Sometimes they come at the most inopportune time, like when I’m enjoying a night out with the girls at Shanghai Gardens and I sprinkle tea instead of soy sauce on my chow mein. See, at this point I’ve fallen into the “idea black hole” and had better whip out the trusty notebook and jot something down. Some might think it rude, but my friends understand (right, Barb?). If I don’t get the idea out of my head, the old brain churns and churns, my eyes glaze over and I hear nothing my friends are saying to me. So it’s best to get the idea down ASAP.
The only challenge is remembering what it means once you pull it out months later. Let’s see, I’m looking in my idea notebook right now and find…
“magnetic hot dogs”
Uh-oh. Have no idea what that’s about. Anyone want to help me out? Pretty please?
While you think on that, I’m off to get my stuff together for my weekend book signings in Seattle. UNDERCOVER STRANGER is my February release and it all started with this notebook scribble:
“microchip smuggled in doll’s eyes”
Here’s to a vivid imagination! (Shoot me your idea for my “magnetic hot dog” mystery and be entered to win a free book!)
UNDERCOVER STRANGER, Harlequin Intrigue, 2/09
RENEGADE SOLDIER, Harlequin Intrigue, 3/09