Bad To The Bone by Wendy Byrne
Bad to the Bone Synopsis:
When her Uncle Jack is arrested on drug charges, Sammie Murphy hops the first plane to Key West. Being rescued isn’t on her uncle’s to-do list, though. When he admits guilt and instructs her to go home, Sammie knows with 100% certainty something is seriously wrong.
Veteran DEA agent Enrique Santos knows when a bust is solid. So why is he allowing Jack Murphy’s niece to mess with his head? He’s been set-up and nearly killed by a woman like her before, and he’s not about to make that mistake again.
But then things at Murphy’s bar take a turn for the dangerous, leaving Sammie entangled in Enrique’s dark past. Forced to second-guess his convictions, Enrique has no choice but to kidnap the one woman who could destroy everything…including his heart.
Wendy lives in the Chicago area. She has a Masters in Social Work and worked in the child welfare field for twelve years before she decided to pursue her dream of writing.
Between teaching college classes, trying to get her morbidly obese cat to slim down and tempering the will of her five-year-old granddaughter, who’s determined to become a witch when she turns six so she can fly on her broom to see the Eiffel Tower and put hexes on people–not necessarily in that order–somehow Wendy still manages to fit in writing. She spends the remainder of her days inflicting mayhem on her hero and heroine until they beg for mercy.
She has written three books in the Hard Targets trilogy, Hard to Kill, Hard to Trust and Hard to Stop. In addition, she has two books through Entangled Publishing, The Millionaire’s Deception, and Bad to the Bone, two self-published books, The Christmas Curse and Accused, and two interracial romances, Fractured and Mama Said.
Where do you get your inspiration?
As you might imagine, I’ve been asked this question a million times. And I always answer the same way: everywhere
Books are about real life struggles and questions of what ifs. I can easily become engrossed in other people’s lives either through eavesdropping (at least I admit it), reading stories in the paper and putting my own twist on it, just seeing or hearing something that’s interesting and making up a story around it.
For example, one time I was driving down the street and spotted a sign that said Crossroads Café and I thought what an interesting name for a restaurant. Then I took it to the next level: What kind of person might own a place with that name? What type of people would frequent there? What kind of food and conversation would take place there? And what if Crossroads Café was in a small town in Iowa and the place was filled with colorful characters? And what if a tall dark sexy stranger came to town? Before I knew it, a whole story was born. Crossroads Cafe turned into an Entangled Indulgence story (Zodiac line) called The Millionaire’s Deception about a woman who wants to keep the café her family opened when they emigrated from Italy and the man who came there to get her to sell.
In my most recent book from Entangled Publishing, Bad to the Bone, it began with that old George Thorogood song, Bad to the Bone. I was listening to it one day and thought what if the person they’re singing about in that song was a female? Wouldn’t that be an interesting twist on an old stereotype? Before I knew it, Sammie Murphy was born. Of course she has a tattoo across her shoulder with the words Bad to the Bone inscribed, and she has a black belt in karate and can definitely take care of herself—because true to the title—she is bad to the bone. But what would bring a woman like that to her knees? It would have to be about something she couldn’t control. It would have to be about someone else rather than herself. What if the uncle who raised her was accused of selling drugs? What would she do if she knew with every fiber of her being that her uncle would never sell drugs unless under duress? But how could she prove it especially when her uncle isn’t telling her what happened? How far would she go to figure out what really happened? What would she do to prove there’d been some kind of mistake? And what if the man who befriends her is also the man that put her uncle behind bars? That’s how a story is born—a series of what ifs.
Once you have your main characters set and know their goal, motivation and conflict, the rest will fall into place using your what ifs. So next time you take a drive, or go walk, or even go out to eat, pay attention to what’s going on around you. It might very well end up in a book someday.