Inspiration — Where Does it Come From?


By Lynda Aicher, author of PENALTY PLAY


I get posed this question a lot when it comes to story ideas and the honest answer is everywhere and nowhere. Ideas appear and change so quickly that sometimes it’s almost impossible to pinpoint where one started. The inspiration to write a hockey series came solely from my desire to write about a sport I love. But I have no idea what inspired the idea for each story.

Inspiration can come from so many different places and take a wide variety of forms. It impacts everyone no matter what we do. What inspired you to be where you are right now? What gets you up in the morning or drives you to reach for something more?

Although I can’t pinpoint the exact idea that sparked most of my books, I can identify the songs that helped me write them. Penalty Play had a single song that became the basis of the love story and thus plays a role in the book. Music is a vital part of my writing process and every book has at least one theme song.

Sad Song by We The Kings is the theme song for Penalty Play. Check it out and let me know if you understand why.



{98B4DF63-FA43-4E42-9B3C-0EBDE897097D}Img100Penalty Play, book three of Power Play

Minnesota Glaciers’ starting defenseman Henrik Grenick is good at two things: hockey and sex. He’s got it all—the career, the biceps, the babes. But the steady parade of women through his bedroom just leaves him wanting more, hunting for the next distraction. Until he meets Jacqui, who awakens a hunger he never knew he craved.

Fiercely independent Jacqui Polson has no time for the seductive hockey player demanding her attention. More band geek than bimbo, she’s in an entirely different league, and growing up with four hockey-crazed brothers left her with no interest in that world. But damn, Henrik’s hot. And when it comes to sex, Jacqui knows exactly what she wants.

As their relationship moves beyond games, Henrik needs more—not just of Jacqui’s touch, but of her. Jacqui discovers there’s more to Henrik than just the gruff facade. But after a lifetime of fighting their own battles, neither has ever let anyone get so close. As they soon find out, needing someone isn’t a weakness, it’s the only thing that matters…

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Lynda-8310-LR-ColorAbout Lynda Aicher
Lynda Aicher is a 2015 RWA® RITA® award finalist who loves to write emotionally charged erotic romance. After years traveling weekly as a consultant implementing computer software into global companies, she opted to end her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now, her imagination is her only limitation on where she can go and her writing lets her escape from the daily duties of being a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, cleaner and mediator. If writing wasn’t a priority, it wouldn’t get done.

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