by Elizabeth Noyes
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Inspiration comes in the oddest and funniest ways.
While working on Imperfect Bonds, the third book in The Imperfect Series, I hit a snag. The story needed a scene that would show the attraction and antagonism smoldering between my two main (volatile) characters, but all I could come up with was blah-bland. I needed zip, zest, something snappy, sassy, and maybe even a tiny bit spicy.
I often keep music on in the background while I write, something soft and unobtrusive, typically classical or easy listening. On this particular morning while I struggled with the problematic scene, for whatever reason I had turned the TV to a classic country music channel. The twangy voice of Buck Owens started up in one of his number one hits—I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail.
The catchy tune captured my attention and before long I found myself belting out the lyrics along with Buck and his Buckaroos. All the while a new scene began to percolate in the back of my mind—feisty former calf-roping rodeo champion butts heads with supremely confident Navy SEAL-turned-deputy, or How to Hogtie a Deputy: 101.
The scene didn’t unfold as easily as you might imagine, though. Sometimes what you envision in your mind doesn’t translate into reality. Imagine me, a senior citizen, lying on the floor, contorting through some of scene’s antics to see if they could really work. Yeah, I laughed, too. Now, imagine my honey walking in with a worried look on his face and asking, “Do I need to call 911?”
That scene remains one of my all-time faves from the Imperfect archives. I had such a blast writing it!
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