Today I’m thrilled to welcome Marissa Doyle as she shares a little bit about her new book, By Jove.
Hello, Romantic Readers.
So believe it or not, someone’s written a romance about graduate students studying classics. You know, Latin and Greek? And it’s—wait for it—a paranormal romance. Yes, really.
The book is called By Jove, just out from Entangled Publishing. And the someone who wrote it would be me.
So where did I get the idea to write a romance about grad school and the Greek gods?
Writers get their ideas from all sorts of places: newspaper stories, TV commercials, conversations overheard in coffee shops, magazine ads, song lyrics. Anything can spark a story: it’s the writer’s job to fan that spark into the flame of an actual plot, and keep the fire going for the writing of an entire book.
I’ve gotten story ideas from a lot of places: biographies, writing prompts, and a lecture at the local historical society, to name a few. But my favorite source of story ideas is dreams. At least half of the stories I’ve written were based at least in part on a dream, which is why I keep multiple notepads and pens (including one that has a built-in light!) on my bedside table just in case inspiration strikes while I snooze. It’s kind of cool, really, to settle into my pillow every night and wonder if the plot to my next story will make its appearance . In fact, I always tell young writers to keep a dream journal, because it can be an excellent source of inspiration for their writing.
The dream that inspired me to write By Jove didn’t actually make it into the story, at least not in any recognizable form. But it did its job, and gave me the spark of what I hope you’ll think is a great read.
by Marissa Doyle
For Theodora Fairchild, graduate school is a dream. The professors are fighting over her, she gets to study Latin and explore her knowledge of Greek gods with others who share her passion…and she meets Grant Proctor. He’s as shy as she is, and oh so handsome.
As she gives in to her feelings for the man who’s stolen her heart, someone seems determined to keep them apart—no matter the consequences. There are evil forces at work, and they have plans for Theo that don’t include Grant. When Grant disappears, surviving the semester becomes the least of Theo’s worries. Her knowledge of ancient mythology may be her best weapon, and relying on her wits and wisdom may be the only thing to help her save her true love.
Marissa Doyle graduated from Bryn Mawr College and went on to graduate school intending to be an archaeologist, but somehow got distracted. Eventually she figured out what she was really supposed to be doing and started writing. She’s channeled her inner history geekiness into a successful young adult historical fantasy series, and is now also happily writing contemporary romantic fantasy. She lives in her native Massachusetts with her family, including a pair of bossy but adorable pet rabbits, and loves quilting, sailing, gardening, and collecting antiques. Oh, and coffee.
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