Today author Terri Herman-Poncé stopped by to talk about where she gets her ideas for her terrific novels.
Hi, Galen, and thanks for having me here!
You know, as an author a lot of people ask me where I get my ideas from and I have to admit that they usually come from one place – music. It’s been this way since I started writing sixteen years ago. Yeah, sixteen years! I have a hard time believing it myself. And in that time, I’ve written heaps of Star Trek: TNG fanfiction (stop rolling your eyes), a couple of crappy first novels that will never see the light of day (I shudder to even think about them!), and a bunch of incomplete manuscripts (they just didn’t have the oomph I was looking for). In the middle of all of that, I gave birth to the love of my life character, David Bellotti. And it’s his stories that stuck with me and that are now being published.
See, I’m a paranormal suspense and mystery kind of girl who loves to throw in a side order of romance into my stories. And I love music that has a certain mood to spark my imagination. When I hear a specific artist, or a certain genre, or even a particular kind of mood or sound, my brain goes into writing hyperdrive. The characters and the scenes unfold in my head like a movie, all big screen and surround sound.
There are also certain songs and bands that make me think of David Bellotti, too. It’s like all of a sudden I’m in his head and can think what he’s thinking and feel what he’s feeling when I hear them. Artists like Saving Abel and Nickelback and Staind are right up his alley, and fuel the stories I write for him. They’re edgy, a bit raw, and very, very male. Just like David.
Addicted and Drowning (Face Down) by Saving Abel were two songs that inspired my latest book, COVET, which releases today! There’s a line in Drowning that goes something like: “I've come too far to turn around”, and that’s how David feels about Lottie, the love of his life and the woman he has to fight for in the story. Their love is profound and deep and spans millennia, but it’s not without challenge. Which is what made writing this story so much fun. I got to get inside David’s head and really find out what makes Lottie so special to him.
For those of you who read COVET, I hope you think their story is special, too.
COVET is the story of threatening secrets, risky espionage, and one man’s discovery that instinct can be more powerful than reason.
All professional soldier David Bellotti has to do is steal a wallet from drug lord Zev Sahin. A simple operation to snag the key card to Sahin’s compound and hand the card over to the woman who hired him. But when David finds a photo inside the wallet of his lover, Lottie, kissing another man, he discovers his life isn’t what it seems and that the people in it are keeping dangerous information from him.
Ex-lover, Monica, is carrying the biggest secret of all. Determined to get David back into her life, her secret will become her strongest weapon against him. But protecting his love for Lottie won’t be easy for David. As images of Lottie’s murder start surfacing, David realizes he’s reliving ancient memories from over ten thousand years ago—from a life that’s linked to Lottie and Monica now, and that will once again end in Lottie’s death if he can’t find a way to stop it.
Terri Herman–Poncé looks for any opportunity to make stuff up. Born on Long Island, New York, she thinks anything that can’t so easily be explained is worth an extra look and often makes a great story. She loves red wine, sunrises, Ancient Egypt, and the New York Yankees. The youngest of five children, Terri lives with her husband and son on Long Island. In her next life, if she hasn’t moved on to somewhere else, Terri wants to be an astronomer. She’s fascinated with the night skies almost as much as she’s fascinated with Ancient Egypt.
Terri is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Romance Writers of America. You can read about Terri and her stories at