WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR THIS BOOK?
Hi! I’m Jodie Griffin, and I write contemporary romance and kinky erotic romance. I’m here to talk about my sixth published book, TWICE IN A LIFETIME, a contemporary female/female story with mature characters—and my first story for Riptide!
As writers, we’re often asked what inspires us to create a particular story. Sometimes, it’s a news story, a throwaway comment on social media, an ad on TV, something you see while you’re out and about. Sometimes it’s a vague thought that won’t go away. And sometimes, it’s based on something that happens in your own life.
When I first started writing, I wanted to write Romantic Suspense. Several years ago, I saw a twelve-week Citizen’s Police Academy class was being offered to any resident of my city, so I applied to take the it, thinking I’d learn a lot about crime scenes and police work and it would help my writing. Part of the class included weekly presentations from areas such as patrol to investigation to human resources and community relations, which means I met a lot of different people, with lots of different jobs in the department.
Including the woman Eve is based on.
And the woman who has a job similar to Talia’s.
A story idea was born, with quite a bit of creative license on my part—and maybe some things based on real life experiences. Possibly. Or not. *evil grin*
ANYWAY, I started wondering. What if you met this person years ago and was attracted to her, but you were married and monogamous so you ignored those feelings? And what if your dream job opened up and OMG, it’s working for her. AND WHAT IF that attraction was still there — and you’re alone now? WHAT THEN?
I went down the rabbit hole and didn’t look back.
As for other inspiration, I’m not a writer who plots, so sometimes things happen that I don’t expect. I was writing along, having fun with Talia and Eve, minding my own business as one does… and in walked Delia Butler. She and Colin are characters from FORBIDDEN FIRES. And later in the story, another couple from a previous book show up—Jeremy and Becca from MATZOH AND MISTLETOE. I hadn’t expected ideas to come from previous stories—especially not my kinky books!—but hey, I take it where I can get it. And sure enough, it all worked out.
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into the making of TWICE IN A LIFETIME. I’d like to thank Book Reviews and More by Kathy for letting me stop by, and I hope you take the chance to visit all of the other blog sites that are part of this tour. Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Riptide Publishing gift card.
Title: Twice in a Lifetime by Jodie Griffin
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Lesbian, Erotic, Romance
Length: 210 pages/Word Count: 56,700
When widow Talia Wasserman applies for a job with the local police department, she’s shocked to discover she’ll be working for Lieutenant Eve Poe, an officer she’d met—and been attracted to—during a long-ago citizen’s police academy workshop. Fifteen years later, the spark is still there, and no one’s currently in Talia’s life or in her bed. But there’s just one teeny, tiny problem. Eve is her boss, so she’s completely off-limits.
Eve feels a sizzling connection with Talia from the very first, but Talia works for her, and that’s just a bad idea. Besides, Eve needs to focus on the person sending disturbing emails to her office, and not on the woman who quickly makes herself invaluable to the department. It’s too bad her heart doesn’t agree with her.
Then Eve is badly injured in the line of duty, and Talia’s worst fears are realized. She may lose her chance at happiness with the woman she’s come to love, and she can’t survive that kind of loss twice in a lifetime.
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Purchase Link: Riptide Publishing
Jodie Griffin didn’t always want to be a writer. She spent hours reading, but school papers were written one painful word at a time. Then a story idea came, demanding to be put on paper. After years of practice, she took the leap, submitted her first manuscript, and hasn’t looked back.
Jodie is also an avid photographer, a chocoholic, and a lover of bad puns. When she’s not writing, she’s likely out stalking the moon for that perfect shot.
Jodie’s own happily ever after includes one incredibly supportive husband and one future heroine. Visit Jodie at www.jodiegriffin.com.
To celebrate the release of Twice In a Lifetime, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 27, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!