Romance author Robin Covington had an interesting conversation with her husband (aka "The Main Man") about where she gets her ideas and inspiration for her books, including her most recent release A Night of Southern Comfort. We're glad she shared it with us — and you — because while this author is making a name for herself in romantic suspense, she also knows how to make us laugh!
So ... it isn’t easy being with a woman who writes romance novels. The Main Man and I have been married for 18 years (we married when I was 5-years-old) and he is immensely proud of my writing but we both work as attorneys in a conservative environment where many people are a little surprised/shocked when they discover that I write “those kinds of books”. And while they hesitate to ask me about where I get my ideas and my inspiration, they don’t bat an eye at asking him.
So, when he returned recently from a night at our local pub, we had the following conversation:
The Main Man: So, the guys were talking about your book tonight.
Me: Really? How did that come up?
The Main Man: Well, actually they started reading the first scene with an app on someone’s phone. You know the one with the bar pick-up and sexy, explicit one-night-stand?
Me: Yeah, I wrote it. I vaguely remember that scene.
The Main Man: Well, they asked me where you get your inspiration.
Me: You told them it was you, right?
The Main Man: They didn’t believe me.
Me: Morons. You should have set them straight on that fact.
The Main Man: I didn’t want them to be intimidated.
Me: Good call.
The Main Man: So, I need something to tell them. People ask me all the time. They want to know where you get your inspiration.
Me: Well, I usually start with photos. I’m a visual person so I find photos and put them on my inspiration wall in my office.
The Main Man: The one with the half naked guys all over it?
Me: That’s the one! So, I find a guy who evokes my hero and I’m off and running. For Jackson Cantrell, I used Joe Manganiello – you know Alcide on True Blood. He’s in my top five.
The Main Man: Yeah, yeah. You know if he shows on the doorstep looking for you, it’s done, right? That guy is huge. I’ll just wave goodbye and keep my teeth.