What's the Strangest Thing You Have You Done for Your Books?

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM



June 4th is the rerelease date for Winters & Somers, my Irish romantic comedy featuring Ciara Somers, an aspiring private investigator in Dublin, Ireland, and her nemesis, the very sexy Jonathon Winters. Doing all the preparation and promo for the release, from TirGearr Publishing in Ireland ( got me thinking about all the weird and wonderful things we do as writers to produce our story babies.

People often ask where do you get your story ideas? Well, Winters & Somers sprang from the fact that I was writing a mystery and needed to know about how a private investigator operates. Now at the time we were living near Dublin, and I gritted my teeth and took a course in private investigation. One of the facts I learned was that, at that time, there were NO female PI’s in Eire.

Of course, that pricked my imagination, and Ciara Somers, a sassy young woman determined to be a PI, came to life. Of course, that wasn’t enough – how could she establish herself in a man’s world? Sure, she had one client, an old lady whose beloved cat had gone missing, but that wasn’t REAL PI work. (In case you’re wondering, she did find the old lady’s cat!) Then a straight-laced client came to ask her to find out if her husband was cheating on her (he was) and Ciara had her great idea – she could make a living testing the seducability quotient of men for their insecure partners.

Not that she actually seduced them, a fact that New York Homicide cop Jonathon Winters didn’t grasp when he met – and was fascinated by – this red-haired beauty. Jonathon hid his identity as the author of spicy romance novels so that he could continue the police career he loved. Now with a year’s sabbatical to write his latest book, he was in Ireland….and getting bored. Until he met Ciara and decided to get her off the streets by partnering her in her PI business…

And if you’re wondering, the other mystery that started this never did get finished. Maybe someday. And, while I did take the course, I never did apply for the PI’s license. I’m a writer; I have enough troubles as it is!

You’ll have to read the book to know the rest! But you can read the first chapter by clicking the First Chapters tab above, or at


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Reply ashantay peters
5:17 PM on June 6, 2014 
Enjoyed the Ciara Somers chapter! I've read bunches of English mysteries and love the idea of an Irish female investigator. Great niche you've discovered! My research experience? I once went to the agricultural co-op to ask a Master Gardener about extracting poisons from plants. For some reason, he didn't wish to speak with me. Go figure! I wrote around him. Silly man. (grin)
Reply Sydney
12:39 AM on June 8, 2014 
Great post. Love the idea of an Female PI who is Irish and love English Mysteries, as I sit here with my mother watching Midsommer Mysteries.