Rosa Temple talks about the importance of inspiration.
I have notebooks filled with story ideas. Whenever I’m asked why I started writing, I always say it was because of the number of old films I watched on television as a young girl. When my brothers hogged the TV on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon to see their favourite sports programmes, I’d trot upstairs to watch something completely different on my mum’s portable television.
The older films couldn’t rely on all the visual and sound effects we have nowadays. For the film to be good – apart from being well acted – it needed a good, solid story. I became immersed in the wonderful story lines those films delivered time after time.
But, of course, my absolute favourites always involved a heroine in pursuit of love and happiness and the romantic encounters of a worthy suitor. When humour was thrown in – all the better. I was blown away by films like Sabrina, Barefoot in the Park, Gigi, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday… the list could go on. And I’ve loved those old films ever since.
For me, they were the earliest chick flicks. So, way before I saw Anne Hathaway appear in The Devil Wears Prada, or read anything by the top rated Chick Lit authors, I wanted to write a love story like the ones in my films.
I also get inspired by personal experience and I can’t resist creating a piece of fiction related to something that might have happened in my life. It doesn’t stop there, though. Story ideas come to me from the the experiences of friends and relations too. That saying, ‘write what you know,’ makes a lot of sense. There’s no better way to get inspiration for a story than to have been there yourself. Or at least to have known someone whose experience inspires a story or plot. And that’s when listening to other people helps a writer a great deal.
Luckily, I’m one of those people who seem to attract those that just love to impart their deepest and most yummy secrets. Ever have that happen to you? It seems to have happened to me a lot over the years. And I’m talking first time meetings, too, be it at a party or the supermarket queue. You name it; one meeting with me and people just want to tell all.
I’ve decided I’m going to buy a t-shirt that clearly says on the front: Be careful what you say to me, you might end up in my next book! I do of course change all the names and locations.
Another big source of inspiration is the fiction writer’s natural need to make stuff up. I have a very active imagination. I get story ideas while doing the most mundane things; the washing up, peeling potatoes. Even seeing someone walking past a coffee shop or sitting opposite me on a train makes me wonder what lies behind the exterior of that person. I’ll start creating a story around them, invent a name, occupation, and away I go. More material for the notebook.
Most writers hold back their creativity because of fear. The fear of being told you’re not good enough, that your ideas suck. That was one of my problems at first. I’ve been a ghost writer of romantic novellas for a while now. I spend ages developing plot ideas for my clients and getting paid for bringing their story to life.
Being a ghost writer meant I could hide who I really was as a writer. Whether the story I had ghost written was a success or failure, I would be none the wiser. I’d given away a part of my creativity that I didn’t have to own up to, be answerable for and didn’t have to hear any horrible criticism about. But, that was the easy way out.
It was a friend who said to me, ‘Hey, what if one of your stories was a major success? How would you ever know?’ The fact was, I wouldn’t. All my creativity, imagination and inspiration was leaving my pen and I would never know what people really thought.
All of the above reasons were what finally got me to pen my first novella: Sleeping With Your Best Friend. And I won’t be stopping there. With a novella trilogy being finalised, which I’m hoping to publish later this year, I’ve dusted off my notebook and letting the inspiration take control. I’ve got other series ideas driving me crazy and I just have to get writing.
Being able to say, this is a novella by Rosa Temple is fantastic. So far, it’s been a liberating and fun experience and I’m really enjoying the journey.
It’s Lori’s wedding night and husband Sam makes a startling revelation just hours after arriving at their dream honeymoon location. A devastated Lori returns to London believing revenge will help her recover from the shocking blow. But Lori does something she will live to regret.
Sam’s best friend, Matt, is there to offer Lori a shoulder to cry on because Lori’s best friend, Julia, disappeared just days before the wedding.
This flaky foursome are about to have their relationships stretched to the limits, when honesty is in short supply and bed hopping seems to be the order of the day.
Rosa Temple began writing chick lit and romance novellas out of a love for the old films she watched as a young girl. As a ghost writer, she gained experienced writing romantic novellas both sweet and on the slightly more steamy side. A passion to write self-penned novellas in this genre gave rise to the completion of Sleeping With Your Best Friend and the soon-to-be-published novella trilogy, Natalie’s Getting Married. Rosa Temple is a Londoner and is married with two sons. She is a reluctant keep fit fanatic and doer of housework and insists that writing keeps her away from such strenuous tasks. Drinking herbal tea and munching biscuits helps her create characters and story lines.
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