Line of Scrimmage

Line-of-ScrimmageBY DESIREE HOLT

One of the questions I am asked most often is where I get my ideas for stories. That’s easy. From the people around me. My stories are all character drive, so I focus on people and play the What If game. What if the barista fixing my coffee is really in the witness protection program. Someone’s discovered her real identity and it’s up to the local sheriff—Mr. Yummy Pants—to protect her. What if the guy in the Stetson in front of me at the grocery store is shopping for the fixings for a romantic barbecue where he hopes to convince the lady of his (wet) dreams to leave the city and join him on the ranch? What if my dentist (sorry, Dr. Friendly Dentist) is really a serial dater and offers his women free dental care to connect with them? Oh, well, maybe not that, but you get the idea.

I have so many interests that it’s easy to pick out characters and put them into any of my favorite situations. Example: My heroine is a welder by day and creates metal sculptures by night. She lives way out beyond the edge of her little town because she’s pretty antisocial and that’s where she has her studio. It’s a rainy night. There’s a knock on her door. It’s Mr. Gorgeous, out in the rain with a flat tire and no cell service. Now what if he’s into medieval history and he’s part of a group that re-enacts jousting and swordplay. Only his sword is damaged and he’s looking for someone to fix it or make him a new one. And…well, you get the idea.

With the football series, Game On, I didn’t even have to tweak my imagination too much. I’m probably the world’s most obsessed football fan. Don’t bother me on Saturday or Sunday during the season. So there I sat in my favorite coffee place, drinking my favorite latte, and I couldn’t help overhearing the woman at the next table complaining about the football player she’d been dating and how he’d made a fool of her. (Of course, you could really substitute any profession here.) She wasn’t getting much sympathy from her friend who was bitching about how she’d just lost her job. I thought to myself, Hmmm. Self? What if you made these two women into one?

I think this is why I never run out of ideas. I have a natural curiosity about people and a brain that never shuts down. My granddaughter loves to tell the story of one night when we were out at dinner and I spotted a couple deep in conversation. I whipped out the little notebook I always carry and started making notes. I’m sure she thought I was nuts.

But that’s who I am. So if you’re ever in a room with me and you see me looking at you, be careful! You could end up in one of my books.


Desiree Holt has produced more than two hundred titles in nearly every subgenre of romance fiction. She is a winner of the EPIC E-Book Award, an Authors after Dark Author of the Year and of the Holt Medallion. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The London Daily Mail and numerous other national and international publications. She enjoys football and reading and her three cats, who are her constant writing companions.

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