I’ve had many people ask what inspired my Wicked Play series. The funny thing is, the idea that sparked the entire series wasn’t about BDSM or sex even. It was a discussion about relationships and marriage.
It was during a conversation with my three critique partners that one of them said she didn’t understand how people who were married for over twenty years could get a divorce. I instantly replied with, “I do!” Not because I’ve been through it or was even tumbling towards that end, but the why was so clear to me.
It’s been twenty-three years since the first date with my husband. Seventeen years since we started living together and going on thirteen years of marriage that has survived a dog, three cats, two kids and a miscarriage. We’ve battle all the standard struggles of finances, jobs, moves and family that most couples face. There have been great times tempered by ones that completely sucked and with each year, new activity, event and curveball life throws at us, it becomes harder to keep alive the love that brought us together.
Maintaining a relationship is hard work and they can dissolve without the big blowup or dramatic ending. Sometimes, they just fizzle out from lack of attention. So what happens when the only thing holding a marriage together is the children and those kids are now out of the house?
That was the question Cali faced and it was her story in Bonds of Trust that started the Wicked Play series. Kendra and Deklan’s story in Bonds of Need sprouted during the writing of that first book when Jake, the sexy owner of a BDSM club, found his way into Cali’s life and he happened to have two business partners that needed HEA’s of their own.
Allie and Seth’s story was much harder to grasp and it wasn’t until Tyler crashed into their lives that I finally understood why. Bonds of Desire is truly a book inspired by the characters alone. They drove the whole story and dragged me along sometimes kicking and screaming until I got it right.
From there, each story has grown from what the character’s need. They give me the inspiration that slowly unwinds until the book is finished. It’s the drive to tell each story with all of the emotion and challenges that real life contains that keeps the motivation going. And of course, snippets and flashes of ideas appear in many different places as I write. Sometimes it’s a song or a picture or a book I’m reading. The real trick is snagging onto that inspiration before it floats away.