Goodreads asked Susanne McCarthy:

How do you get inspired to write?

Susanne McCarthy A picture, snippet of dialogue, the sound of a voice. A dream. A situation from a film or another book (sometimes one of my own) that I can turn around or into something a bit different.
My very first book published by Mills&Boon, A Long Way From Heaven, started as a mash-up of Casablanca and Cheers, with a line of dialogue which came out of nowhere: "Well well, if it isn't the merry widow."

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