This week Silver James visits the blog. I fell in love with Silver's writing one Thanksgiving and then had the opportunity to meet her in person at Hot Mojave Knights in Las Vegas in 2013. Talk about a fangirl moment. I can't get enough of her stories and she write wickedly adventurous contemporary and paranormal romance. Plus she is just now starting a motorcycle club romance as on offshoot from her military Wolves. I'm in heaven. Her brand is Walk on the Wild Side. Today I asked her one question about how she makes her tales so authentic.
BBTF: You write a lot of military style tales, whether the army or FBI. Where did you get your knowledge and inspiration to make them so authentic?
Silver: I've spent most of my life around LEOs (law enforcement officers), firefighters, and military folks. I married my very own JAGC officer so he really helps with military questions. I've also worked in all those areas, plus the legal field in various courts. Hanging around guys more than gals and being a curious sort, I watch, listen, and learn. Men really are from Mars and don't react at all like women think they will. I love finding a writer who "gets" the male POV, and like to think I'm one of them. A hero has to be male first and foremost. The rest of it just seems to fall into place.
As for inspiration, have I mentioned my Muse runs with scissors? Iffy is always poking into dark corners and flushing out alpha males, whether military, cop, cowboy, or paranormal bad-ass. She drags in a character--usually kicking and yelling, introduces us, and then flits off. It's up to me to torture...er question them to discover their history, find them a fitting heroine, and figure out the plot to their story. Iffy also spends lots of times on photo sites. It helps to have a face to go with the character. *wink-wink* As a result, I end up with way more heroes than I have time to write their stories.
*Squeee!* Ahem, I mean, excellent. ;) You can find out more about Silver James's books on her website. Be sure to buy a book and tell a friend. Happy reading!