May 2018: Debut Novel Inspiration
~ Romy Sommer ~
~ Romy Sommer ~
QUESTION: What inspired you to write your debut novel?
Romy Sommer said:
This story was inspired by a dream I had years ago. All I remembered of the dream was a European prince making a speech on the steps of a cathedral after his coronation, and the woman who loved him watching from the crowd. I wrote the book during Nanowrimo 2009 but much as I loved the characters, I had to admit it didn’t have a particularly compelling story. So I set it aside.
A few years later I was listening to Katy Perry’s ‘Waking up in Vegas‘ in the car (singing along at the top of my voice, as I do when I’m alone) and the idea of how to fix this story hit me like a lightning bolt: What would you do if you woke up in Vegas, covered in gold glitter, and found yourself married to a European prince?
This was just before Nanowrimo 2012, so over a wild 29 days I re-wrote their story, starting from scratch. Same characters, same setting, but a very different story. And it worked!
In early 2013 ‘Waking up in Vegas‘ became not only my debut book with HarperCollins, but the debut book for an entire new imprint, HarperImpulse. Thank you Katy Perry!
Waking up in Vegas
What happens in Vegas…
Waking up to the bright lights of Vegas in an unfamiliar penthouse suite, cocktail waitress Phoenix Montgomery finds she’s covered from head to foot in gold glitter and not alone – aside from the empty bottle of champagne, there’s a mystery man in the shower and a huge sparkly ring on her finger!
Stays in Vegas?
There’s no denying Max Waldburg’s demi-god sex appeal but commitment-phobic Phoenix doesn’t do relationships. Only it seems her new husband (agh!) has other ideas…he’s trying to keep that ring on her finger and his wife firmly back in his bed. The only question on her lips is – why? Or maybe, why not?
Available in Ebook:
– Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/Waking-Vegas-HarperImpulse-Contemporary-Romance-ebook/dp/B00CCUCDB0/
– Nook – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/waking-up-in-vegas-romy-sommer/1117714817?ean=9780007532018
– Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/ebook/waking-up-in-vegas-harperimpulse-contemporary-romance
– iBooks – https://geo.itunes.apple.com/book/waking-up-in-vegas/id635989436
More Authors Dish about their debut novel inspiration.
– Read the authors of Day One: https://coffeethoughts.coffeetimeromance.com/ad2018-may-debut-day1/
– Read the authors of Day Two: https://coffeethoughts.coffeetimeromance.com/ad2018-may-debut-day2/
- About the Author
- Posts in the Past
Zenobia Renquist is the alter-ego of D. Renee Bagby. Call her Zen or Renee, she answers to both. Air Force brat turned Air Force wife, she was born in Europe, has lived in Japan and in several states of the US, including Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, California, Maryland and Hawaii. Turning her favorite pastime into her career, Renee loves to build worlds and torture her characters for the enjoyment of her readers. She has a wacky imagination and tends to write all over the place. In order to keep up, she only asks one thingâ€”Leave Your Reality Behind to Discover Different and Unique Romance & Erotica.
Zenobia’s stories range from steamy to scorching and she writes whichever genre catches her interest at the time. When not coming up with ways to torture her characters, she enjoys knitting and crochet (both regular and Tunisian) as well as reading shoujo and yaoi manga.
Learn more about Zenobia at http://zenobiarenquist.com