Hi Bella! I'm honestly a huge fan of so many of your books and it's an honor to be able to ask you a question! My question is: How do you come up with your stories? And another thing, do you know from the start how everything is going to turn out? Or do you let the characters "tell you" what should happen as you write each book?
Thank you so much, Izzie! I'm so glad you've been enjoying my books so much! Honestly, I'm not sure where my stories come from. My imagination, mostly, as I've found I rarely spark off of something I've heard someone say or that I read in a magazine/newspaper. With each book, once I know who the hero and heroine are, I just really sink into their characters. Why do they love so easily...or why do they have such a hard time trusting in love? Are they super close to their family members like my Sullivans and Morrisons...or do they have a troubled relationship with their family. What makes them laugh and cry? What inspires them? All of those things end up being so crucial, because its my characters that create my plots, rather than fitting into a plot that I've come up with.
I don't usually know exactly how everything is going to turn out, but when I begin to write a book I'll know at least one or two important things. Most of all, I love to follow the "magic" when I'm writing. I always hope that if I'm laughing and crying and *feeling* that the people reading my books will too.