Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sparks Featuring Gay N. Lewis

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen, heard or done something that has sparked an idea for a book. Sometimes the catalyst is tiny like when I heard the name Deuce and decided I had to use that name in a book and what else could Deuce be but a cowboy? That flickering notion drew out many memories of various horseback adventures and the next thing you know, Big Horn Storm became a reality.

I decided to ask some of my favorite authors to share the sparks which have fueled their stories. You may be surprised how even small things can morph into something special and drive the plot in unusual directions. I’ll be posting a new author each week until the idea tank is empty. Maybe their creative triggers will ignite your imagination.

Gay kicks off the series. I hope you enjoy her perspective and learn about making research pay – I did. Now, here are Gay and Sarah: Laney’s Angel.

Gay N. Lewis: How do I prepare for adventure in my books? I don’t. I’m similar to Sarah, my dyslexic little angel character. Amazing, unintended stuff just happens to me, and many of my episodes find their way to scenes in my Sarah Series.

In Sarah: Laney’s Angel, an invisible Sarah convinced Cannon to invite Laney to a nice restaurant. When Cannon asked Laney a few embarrassing questions, Sarah decided to help the lady avoid answers to him, but how? Surely turning on the overhead fire sprinklers would create a diversion. Oops! She caused every diner in the place to receive a deluge of water. Utter chaos developed. So much for that romantic interlude.

In planning this scene, I asked my hubby to take me to a steak restaurant so I could make sure those sprinklers existed overhead the way I wanted to describe them in the book. Am I a con artist or what? I escaped cooking and enjoyed a lovely night out. I arranged that evening, but how about the time I accidently drove down a railroad track in the dead of night? That was an adventure to remember. Sarah is destined to have that unforgettable experience soon.

Gay N. Lewis is the author of two books published through Prism Book Group. Sarah: A Mission of Love and Sarah: Laney’s Angel. The third book in the series, Sarah and the Widow’s Mate is scheduled for a fall 2013 release. For more information on Gay and her novels visit Gay posts each Monday on her blog, and welcomes followers on Twitter and Triberr. To purchase click on or go to

I appreciate Gay dropping by my blog. Be sure to check back next week for more inspirational sparks.


  1. With these kind of personal experiences being used in the story, one can't help but fall in love with Gay Lewis' Sarah. Congratulations on having two books set to be released this year.

  2. Nice interview. Enjoyed reading about your adventures.

  3. What a fun post! It's interesting to see what triggers a great idea. :-)

  4. Nice perspective on how coincidence can affect writing, as well as research and planning. The mysterious mingling of these elements (and many others) results in a book. Hooray!

  5. I like how you needed to do research for that steak dinner, Gay. Good planning. Sarah is so adorable.

  6. Love the steak dinner story. Maybe Sarah needs to go shoe shopping in New York - after being fully researched, of course!