We writers are asked that all the time.
It was a shock to me in grade school to learn that not everyone has a head full of characters knocking on their skull and asking to be let out to play. At least that's how it has always worked for me. Pesky characters demanding stories, secondary characters insisting on their own starring role in the next book, and so it goes.
But these characters need a plot to show off in. Plot ideas are all around us. Eavesdropping, magazines, things that happen to family and friends and can be embellished, news casts, daily papers, talk shows. Even a writer's overactive imagination as she puzzles through the basics of revenge, possession and escape are all grist for the mill. I warn my friends that anything they tell me can be spun into a plot.
Since we Baby Boomers are now 'of a certain age' I decided to turn Rachel loose to tell her story, starting with how her boyfriend dumps her and she gets fired, all on the eve of her big 5-0.
It's not unusual for a woman to turn Fifty and have to reinvent herself. I know a many who have and I hope Rachel's story, with its mixture of humor and angst is encouraging and empowering for women everywhere.
Since I am really close to my own family, I decided to make it a family series. Rachel's sister Cassie stars in her upcoming book, Frolicking At Forty, with all the fun that time of life entails, while Rachel's daughter Sam will shine in Flirty At Thirty, with a whole different set of challenges that besets her generation. These strong, supportive heroines take bits and pieces from my own friends and family, with many disclaimers.. I hope you enjoy reading about them as much as I did telling their stories.