Story Ideas can Attack from Anywhere

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 by   10 Comments | Posted in Blog · Uncategorized

From inside FT Sumter-looking toward CharlestonSCBy Nancy Lee Badger

I believe ideas for stories can ‘hit you’ from out of nowhere because it has happened to me. This is a great reason to keep an open mind…even while on vacation. I was vacationing with my hubby in Charleston, South Carolina, when a plot idea slammed into me. As an author of paranormal romance, I twisted the idea of mixing the American Civil War with Scottish dragons. The idea festered until I had to write it down.

A little background: I usually base my dragon stories in Scotland. And, New England, if I am writing Ferry at Fort Sumtera time travel romance, Anyway, since I have not yet had the pleasure of visiting Scotland, I read books, travel magazines, and use the internet for my research. This time, a strange thing happened when I visited Charleston, South Carolina to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. Hubby and I have ancestors that fought in the war. Many were made prisoner, or died. Fort Sumter, in Charleston Harbor, is where it all began. (See links below) 

The idea rose, while walking the battlements of Fort Sumter. The two on-site museums, ferry ride, water, birds, and fort all came together to form a story. I quickly started jotting notes. Once home, I used the internet and the library, then set myself down and transcribed the notes I’d scribbled during out trip. I looked over the photos I’d taken. How could I use this trip to create a story with dragons, cannons, soldiers, and romance? Wouldn’t one of these Fort Sumter soldiers make a great hero? But, how could I turn the location of the 1st battle of the American Civil War into a story with dragons?

This is where imagination took over. Writing fiction allows the author a freedom to twist a character’s life to fit the story. I kept some of the history intact, using historical facts to flesh out my plot. The story became Southern Fried Dragon. 

April 12-14 is the anniversary

of the short-lived 1st battle of the

American Civil War 

For more information on Fort Sumter

and Charleston, CLICK

Fort Sumter National Monument 

Ferry Service to Fort Sumter 

Charleston, SC Welcome Center  

Civil War Trust: Fort Sumter 

Book Blurb from Southern Fried Dragon 

Amid cannon fire, and the threat of Civil War, love and trust will find a way.

Dru Little flew away from her home in a cave beneath a Scottish Island to end her lonely existence and find companionship across the sea. Her journey in late 1860 has led her to the modern American city of Charleston, South Carolina. Hiding her true self, she takes over the life of a serving girl and enjoys the hard life working in a tavern near the wharves. She has no idea that her life will turn upside down in a dark alley the moment a handsome soldier saves her life.

Lieutenant Shaw Stenhouse has his own worries. Southern secessionists are talking up a storm in Charleston. His fellow Federal soldiers are suddenly at risk from the community they are here to protect. The possibility of civil war takes a backseat when he saves a comely lass from drunken sailors. A good deed and a stolen kiss put a smile on his face until the threat of war becomes a reality. Their instant attraction proves disastrous when Dru spots her former lover, the Black Dragon, working for General Beauregard and the southern troops. As the clandestine group plans their attack on Fort Sumter, and Shaw’s soldiers, she takes to the sky.

Dru fights against the threat of detection, while she fears losing Shaw’s love. What will he do when he finds out that she is a powerful Scottish dragon Hell-bent on carrying him to safety? When Shaw discovers her hiding inside the heavily guarded fortress, thoughts of espionage—and worse—catapult the two lovers into danger from many sides.

When her former lover threatens Shaw, Dru must decide which is more important: protecting another of her kind, now nearly extinct, or protecting the human male, the man she has come to love.

Nancy lee Badger and cannon

Nancy Lee Badger inside Fort Sumter

More About Nancy Lee Badger

Award-winning author Nancy Lee Badger loves chocolate-chip shortbread and wool plaids wrapped around the trim waist of a Scottish Highlander. Her stories tempt you with the clang of broadswords, and the sound of bagpipes in the air. After growing up in Huntington, New York, and raising two handsome sons in New Hampshire, she moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time. Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, Triangle Area Freelancers, and the Celtic Heart Romance Writers. Contact Nancy:


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10 Responses to "Story Ideas can Attack from Anywhere"

  1. Comment by Mickey
    April 15, 2015 10:29 am

    I am amazed at your imagination. I did not realize that an author needed writing equipment at hand all the time in order to keep a good idea from drifting off into the sunset. I do hope you get to Scotland in the near future.

  2. Comment by G. Ogan
    April 19, 2015 2:24 pm

    Isn’t imagination wonderful? It allows us to transport ourselves or our characters to distant places, or into actions in the past, future or present. Sounds like you have a wonderful novel born from such a creative mind…best wishes for the novels success!

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