How “From the Ashes” Came to Be

Though definitely not my first original fiction story idea, this one won the race to be the first one completed.  Once the idea took root in my mind, my muse grabbed hold of it and wouldn’t let go.

So how was this plot bunny born?  When I began reading Kindle eBooks, the first genre I went to was fantasy, it being my favorite.  From that genre, I segued into paranormal romance.  I soon found one in which the leading man had the ability to command the seas.  That one got me to thinking about stories in which the hero could control one or more of the other “elements,” earth, air and fire.  Those of you who have read my Stargate SG-1 fan fiction are probably familiar with the series in which I gave one of the main characters the ability to control fire, an ability I have always thought would be tremendously powerful.  Thoughts of writing an original fiction story starring a hero who had the same ability began bouncing around in my head, but they had no real direction to take.

That changed one day while I was out driving in my car.  I spotted a teenaged boy who had the most beautiful hair color I’d ever seen, a vivid reddish-blond that almost glowed in the sunlight.  Almost immediately, the thought came to my mind to create a character with hair similar to that.  Thus was the character of Falon born and with him the idea to create a paranormal romance about a mythical creature that I believe no other story of that genre has used to date, one with an intimate connection to fire.  Isn’t it strange how something as small as seeing a complete stranger on the street can lead to the creation of an entire novel?

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