Please welcome today’s guest, Stacy Lynn Carroll, author of the newly released Frogs and Toads.
How do I Come Up with My Ideas?
First I’d like to thank Shelli for having me on her blog today! It’s an honor to be here! Let me introduce myself. I’m Stacy Lynn Carroll. I write Young Adult Contemporary Fiction. I like to add a little romance into my books as well, but not the over-the-top mushy stuff. By day, I am a Mommy to three little munchkins who keep me very busy. Once they’re all safely in dreamland, I slip on my fuzzy slippers, grab some chocolate covered almonds, and the occasional coke (real, not diet, that’s yucky) and I turn into Night Writer! (Insert cool theme music here.) I love movies, dancing shows, and I’m strangely obsessed with the color pink.
My debut novel: The Princess Sisters came out three years ago. I was pregnant with my first child and we had just found out we were having a little girl. Yay! Someone to pour my pink obsession upon. As new parents do, my husband and I were discussing names one night. We started talking about when we were younger and what names we were sure we’d name our kids when we grew up. Being a typical, young girl, I was in love with the Disney princesses and knew someday I would have a daughter and name her after my favorite princess, Aurora. Then as I got a little older, I also loved the name Belle. As I told him this, the wheels began turning. I started to wonder what would happen if a mom really named all of her daughters after fairy tale princesses? How would that affect those girls in their everyday life? How would they be treated at school? That night, after we got home, I sat down and wrote the prologue. Then once I got further into the book and the ideas started flowing, I realized everything wasn’t going to fit into one novel, unless I wanted it to be like 700 pages. So that is when I knew that Frogs & Toads also needed to be written. The final book in the trilogy will be out next year.
Before this time, most of my ideas for writing endeavors would come to me in one of two places. Either in my sleep, or in the shower. I’m not sure why, maybe because I am truly relaxed in these two locations, but that is where ideas seem to take shape. In the case of dreams, sometimes the ideas don’t just come but attack with force, demanding to be written. The shower still remains my place of Zen. When I am struggling with an idea for a book, a character, a next scene, etc. I simply take a nice warm shower and, most of the time; the ideas just start flowing again. Ha ha! Flowing…like the water flows. Okay, it’s late. But I thought it was funny.
Because of my busy schedule and caring for my three children, I have had more ideas for books come to me than I can keep up with. I have a list of books I hope to someday write, most of which started out as dreams or little droplets of water raining down on my skin. And as much as I’d like to get all the stories written, I take comfort in knowing that I always know what my next project will be. I have never had a problem coming up with new book ideas, only finding the time to get them finished. I can only hope that my ideas, like my shower, never run dry.
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You’re welcome, Stacy, and thank YOU for your insightful post!
One kiss can change the future…for better or for worse.
Belle and her cousins have conquered their fears. Now as they navigate their way through the dating world, they start to see a “happily ever after” on the horizon. But when an unexpected school assignment forces them to examine their past, the Princess sisters realize they have a lot of questions about the fathers they’ve never met. Secrets are revealed, long lost family members are discovered, and now the girls must decide who belongs in their future and who should be kept in the past.
Stacy Lynn Carroll has always loved telling stories. She started out at Utah State University where she pursued a degree in English, learned how to western swing, and watched as many of her fellow students became ‘True Aggies’. She then finished her BA at the University of Utah where she got an emphasis in creative writing. After college she worked as an administrative assistant, where she continued to write stories for the amusement of her co-workers. When her first daughter was born, and with the encouragement of a fortune cookie, she quit her job and became a full-time mommy and writer. She and her husband have three children, two Corgis, and a fish named Don.
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