Where I Get My Ideas with Kristin Miller and Giveaway

Please join me in welcoming fellow author, Kristin Miller, to Preternatura today. Kristin is stopping by as part of her virtual book tour celebrating the release of her latest book, So I Married a Werewolf. So I Married a Werewolf was published on July 28 by Entangled Covet and is the third book in Kristin’s Seattle Wolf Pack series.

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Kristin Miller writes sweet and sassy contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance of all varieties. Kristin has degrees in psychology, English, and education, and taught high school and middle school English before crossing over to a career in writing. She lives in Northern California with her alpha male husband and their two children. She loves chocolate way more than she should and the gym less. You can usually find her in the corner of a coffee shop, laptop in front of her and mocha in hand, using the guests around her as fuel for her next book. You can learn more about Kristin by visiting her website, on Facebook and by following her on Twitter.

soImarriedawerewolfABOUT SO I MARRIED A WEREWOLF: Carter Griffin, enforcing officer for the Seattle Wolf Pack, has a problem. He’s been offered the promotion of his dreams…if he can find a wife to prove he’s over his playboy ways. But Carter’s already walked the matrimonial road and bought the stinkin’ T-shirt. Besides, a werewolf only gets one fated mate. Been there, done that. All werewolf dog trainer Faith Hamilton wants to do is earn enough green stuff to put her younger brother through college. Okay, okay, so she also totally wants Carter, her sexy next-door neighbor, to look at her as more than a friend. It’s too bad size 12 and plain isn’t his type. At all. The two friends strike a deal to help one another out. They must face a variety of challenges from a psycho ex-girlfriend to a Yorkie with a shoe fetish…and that pesky problem of only having one-fated mate in a lifetime. Will a relationship ruin their friendship…or spark a love neither anticipated?

And now, let’s hear from Kristin…

Where do my ideas come from?
Kristin Miller

Thanks so much for having me on your lovely blog today! I’m super excited to be here! Since I started writing, I’ve noticed there are certain questions I get asked more than others.
Q: Where do you write?
A: Usually in the corner of a coffee shop.
Q: Are any of your characters based on real people?
A: Nope. They’re all super fun figments of my imagination.
Q: Do you design your covers?
A: Again, nope. The publisher (in this case, Entangled) hires a cover artist to handle that part of the process for me, so I can focus on writing the next book.

There is one question though, that I want to explore today.
Q: Where do your ideas come from?
A: This is complicated to answer, as every book is different, but I wanted to share how a few pieces of So I Married a Werewolf came to be. And because I love lists, and make them often, I’m going to break it down for you. Ready to get insight into this crazy head of mine? (This is scary, y’all!) Here we go!

1. Teacup Yorkies are my favorite dogs EVAH! When I created Humperdinck, Faith’s rescue puppy, I knew immediately what he would look like. He’s my dream dog, plain and simple…minus the mounting issues, of course. <wink>

2. Jameson Clark, the kooky werewolf who clarified a few things for Carter, was named very specifically. Jameson, because my husband loves Jameson Irish Whiskey. Clark, because when I named the character, Superman was playing in the background and I got a glimpse of Clark Kent on screen. Jameson Clark is nothing like Clark Kent, so there are no similarities other than the shared name.

3. Like Faith, I had a crush on my husband long before we started dating.kritsin_miller We were friends for years before we actually got together, and it truly created the strong foundation of our marriage. Friends-to-lovers, for the win!

4. The stretch of dock where Faith and Carter walked, talked, and kissed on the banks of the sea in Victoria? I walked those steps when I was twelve. It stuck with me as one of the most beautiful places I’d ever seen. I’ve always wanted to go back, but haven’t had the chance. I was happy to go there again through Faith and Carter’s eyes.

5. My husband named Humperdinck. I had his perky personality nailed down, but I needed a name that fit him. Before my husband left for the gym one day, I explained the pup’s problem and said the dog was a little humping freak (just the way Carter did in the book). My husband smiled, and said, “Humperdinck! There. I just named your dog.” And then he walked out the door with a cocky grin on his face. Pretty much exactly the way it’s written in the text.

In one way or another, I always try to put a few pieces myself into the stories I write. Sometimes the similarities are a feeling I get, a look I give, a geeky laugh (that would be mine!), my favorite Starbucks drinks, etc., etc. I never put too many things, because each character has his or her own quirks, traits, beliefs, etc., but I always drop a couple. I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek into what inspired aspects of So I Married a Werewolf.

As a side note, I’m always happy to answer questions about my books or my writing process, so if there’s anything you want to know, feel free to shoot those questions my way!

Thanks, Kristin. Congrats on the release of So I Married a Werewolf.

In association with her book tour, Kristin is giving away one $25 Amazon Gift Card, four ecopies of Gone With the Wolf and four ecopies of Four Weddings and a Werewolf.  This is a great opportunity for you to ask Kristin questions about her books and/or her writing process.  Leave a comment with your question(s) and then use the link below to enter for your chance to win.

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10 thoughts on “Where I Get My Ideas with Kristin Miller and Giveaway

  1. Usually how long it takes you between the ideas for the book and the writing ( and then before it’s published)

    thank you a lot for sharing how your ideas came for this book it sound really interesting

  2. The book sounds fun, and I enjoyed reading about where your ideas for it came from.

  3. Congrats on the new release! So I Married a Werewolf sounds like a great read. How many books do you have planned for the Seattle Wolf Pack series? Can the books be read independently or should they be read in order?

  4. I enjoyed the interview very much. I have read the first 2 books in the series and just downloaded this book. Looking forward to reading it!

  5. I enjoyed your list, especially the way your hubby named the dog. What is it about werewolves that attracts you and leads you to write about them?