Every author takes inspiration from different types of books, but I’d guess that my inspiration for Public Attraction is especially unusual: Fifty Shades of Grey, Bared to You, and Pride and Prejudice.
I know that EL James and Sylvia Day have their critics, but they obviously mean a lot to their readers. Everything else aside, they took contemporary romance to a new level. Their writing ditched gauzy censored love for contemporary realism, or as real as a 20-something billionaire can be, anyway. I owe them a lot for helping me see the possibilities. In Public Attraction, my movie star lead Paul Thatcher has a lot in common with wounded heroes like Christian Grey or Gabriel Emerson. And Emma, a girl who’s scared to live her life, is an equally vulnerable heroine.
But I was also inspired by Pride and Prejudice. For me, romance isn’t just about sex. It’s about the characters. The friendship between Emma and Jessie, the two female leads, reminds me of the nuanced companionship in Jane Austen’swork. My love of her books is driven by the vivid, flawed people they are about. I would never compare myself to Jane, but I love her so much that she has to be an inspiration! Hopefully, I can make that clearer in future books that still have some hot scenes.
That may seem like a lot for a girl who’s written a sexy, fun romance with a little kink. But inspiration comes from a lot of places, and hopefully it helps you inspire others, too!
Sophia Moore is the pseudonymous author of the Public Attraction Trilogy. While she can’t tell you more about herself, she’s happy to connect with readers online and explore new ideas. She likes crushed red peppers, dark eyes, driving in fall, and mysteries.