by Melinda Curtis
October 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming
Will he pass the daddy test?
With his job in jeopardy, it couldn’t be a worse time for Sheriff Nate Landry’s recent past to come back to haunt him. But it would take an army to stop SWAT team leader Julie Smith. The fellow cop—and sister of his ex-fiancée—wants one thing from the beleaguered lawman: custody of the toddler son that Nate didn’t know he had.
He may not be natural daddy material, but he quickly takes a shine to little Duke. And then there are the feelings Nate’s been hiding for years. Only now Julie’s running for sheriff of Harmony Valley—against him. Time to retreat? Not if he wants a future with the woman he loves.
The Story Behind the Story of Support Your Local Sheriff by Melinda Curtis
Readers often ask writers where they get their story ideas. I like to tell people my story ideas often come from one person I know, have met, have seen on television, or have read about. For example:
I once asked my assistant what her biggest frustration was in dating and she told me autocorrect. Her stories about texting faux pas led to the plot line of Always A Bridesmaid. What happens if co-workers who are attracted to one another continue to have a series of autocorrect misunderstandings?
The reaction of one family member to her mother’s will led me to the plot line in Love, Special Delivery. What happens if a grandfather’s deathbed wish is assumed by his children to have legal precedence over the man’s will?
Of course, I didn’t make my assistant my heroine or my family member a villain in either book. But I used them as a springboard to bring the book to life.
The backstory of Support Your Local Sheriff also came to me from someone near to me. Many years ago, my brother dated a woman who discovered she had breast cancer. She went through chemotherapy and fell into early menopause. The doctors didn’t know if she’d ever ovulate again. Well, she did, but it was while she and my brother were breaking up (and not using birth control). Months later, she was terrified because she didn’t feel well. Turns out, she was pregnant.
Support Your Local Sheriff is Book 10 in my Harmony Valley series (each book stands alone, btw). Sheriff Nate had been mentioned in several books prior to this one. Nate had a conversation with Mae, the retired dress shop owner in town. She was grilling him about his romantic past and guessed that he’d left someone at the altar. Cue time to write Nate’s book. Cue author head scratch.
How does one properly motivate a man to leave his bride at that altar on their wedding day without making him seem like a royal jerk?
Several head thunks later…
I wondered if Nate could have been in love with the bride’s sister, but for some reason he didn’t want to marry her. And then I remembered my brother’s baby mama. I was off to the races after that! You’ll have to read Support Your Local Sheriff to find out how I tied all the pieces together.
Writers have different ways of coming up with story ideas and every book needs many ideas to keep it a full and rich reading experience for readers. Don’t ever think writers are tired of answering the question: where do you get your story ideas?
Melinda Curtis is an award-winning USA Today bestselling author of over 40 romances. She writes sweet romance for Harlequin Heartwarming (who published Support Your Local Sheriff), sweet romantic comedies (her latest is Rumor Has It in Christmas Falls) and sexy contemporary sports romances. You can receive free samples of her writing by signing up for her mailing list at www.MelindaCurtis.net.
USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author, Melinda Curtis is the award winning author of contemporary romance that spans the sexy scale – from sweet romance to sweet romantic comedy (written under the Melinda Curtis brand) to fun, sexier romances (written under the Mel Curtis brand).
Melinda loves writing romances about women who don’t realize how strong they are until a hero comes along to show them, while simultaneously capturing the wry humorous power struggle of falling in love (because, really, who lets the man have the last word?).
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