Wednesday, March 21, 2012


by Charlene Sands

As a multi-published author, the second question I’m often asked is “What inspires you?” Can you guess what the first question I’m asked is? You’ve probably heard this before. “Where do you get your ideas?” The idea question and the inspiration question are one in the same, for me. What inspires me, also gives me my ideas. And when I get an idea for a story, I’m thrilled.

Books and Music – A Given

I have learned to fill my world with inspiration. One of the greatest inspirations for me is simply reading a good book. I won’t lie. My favorite author in the universe is Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I love her zany, but well-thought out characters, I love her voice, her sense of humor and the way her subplots are often as engaging as the main story. I look forward to each of her new releases and she’s one author whose books I re-read for inspiration.

I love country music, a given for an author who writes primarily cowboys and country life. When I listen to the lyrics in a country tune, I live the love story in my mind. I’m a fan of Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Ronnie Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill and so many more. Their songs not only make me tap my toes and clap my hands, but they move me in other ways as well.

My Office of Dreams

Another source of inspiration for me is my workspace. I’d waited for years to have an office to call my own. I spend the greatest part of my day in there. Every time I look at the walls, I see my friends, my family and my sweet husband’s love come through.

One of my few indulgences was a gift I gave myself. When I had achieved a writing goal I’d been seeking for a long time, I rewarded myself with this piece of metal art that is one of a kind. As you can see, the horses that stampede over my computer every day, tell me to sit down and write. They are the true focal point in the room.

The Wall of Frames, as my husband jokingly calls it, is an ongoing gift from him. Every time I get a new cover, he frames it and positions it on the wall. Little did I know, when I was first published in 1998, that I would run out of wall space for all of my cover art! When I look up there, I see achievement, but I am also reminded of hard work and perseverance. But mostly, I’m reminded that I have a wonderful, supportive husband who believes in me and that inspires me.

Oh, and Tim McGraw comes to visit every now and then. Yes, it’s a life-sized poster of Tim given to me by a dear friend who knew how much I loved going to Tim concerts.

The cowboy shelf and mirror, the trinkets, the racing horses, red roses in a leather boot- one rose for each book I have written -- the western candles and lamps, are gifts given to me by my sweet, supportive friends and family. When I step foot in my office THAT is what inspires me. It’s not the objects themselves, but the love behind them that makes me smile every day as I sit down at the computer. And it reminds me, when I’m on a deadline, or struggling with a plot, or having a difficult time focusing on my story, that I have the support and faith of my friends and family. I have love in my life and as romantic a notion as it seems, that shared love is the impetus and motivation that inspires me, more than anything else.

A Big Thank You to Maggie for inviting me today!! Be sure to pick up her new release-- Can’t Buy Me Love!! It’s already on my TBR list!

Charlene Sands is a USA Today Bestselling author of over 30 romance novels. Her books have won the prestigious Readers’ Choice Award, the Bookseller’s Best Award and the Cataromance Reviewer’s Choice Award. She is presently working on a story for Harlequin’s new Rich, Rugged Rancher series. Charlene has a Brand NEW-sletter Contest. Simply join her mailing list at and automatically be entered for Gift Cards, free books and beautiful bling!
What gives you inspiration during your day, whether at work or at play? One commenter will win a copy of Charlene’s book today!!

Cowboy Chance Worth gets more than he bargains for when he saves damsel in distress Lizzie Mitchell. He has come to Red Ridge, Arizona, to rescue her family's failing ranch and find Lizzie a suitable husband. Too bad it wouldn't be honorable to keep the little spitfire for himself!

Lizzie may be innocent, but she's not naive. Fully determined to find her own way in life, she doesn't welcome Chance's intrusion. But when he plans to leave she realizes she may not be ready to see the back of him just yet!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

What inspires me is a reward. I get to read every night. It's something that I look forward to all day.

March 22, 2012 at 5:58 AM  
Blogger CrystalGB said...

Great post. I love your office. My family and my friends are my inspiration.

March 22, 2012 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Charlene Sands said...

Hi Crystal - Ah, loved ones are greatest inspirations!

March 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Lynne Marshall said...

I love your inspirations, and your office, AND YOUR BOOKS!

Thanks so much for sharing.

What inspires me is author friends like you and Maggie!

March 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Charlene Sands said...

So sweet, Lynne!! Thank you.

March 22, 2012 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Kathy Bennett said...

Oh, it's kind of like House Hunters...we get to peek into your home! Love your office and all your western inspiration. Now, if I can just get you into a pair of jeans, cowboy shirt and boots, you'll be all set!

Love your wall of cover art!

March 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Charlene Sands said...

Hi Kathy - I do need some boots!! I'm a city girl at heart, but love everything country!!

March 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Christine Ashworth said...

Charlene, what a wonderful office you have! I really must get mine organized and less pit-like...fabulous post, thanks so much for sharing!

March 22, 2012 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Charlene Sands said...

Hi Christine -- Thank you!!

March 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Dee J. said...

Your office is beautiful! What a great place to get creative! Love your cover art wall. Very inspirational! Congrats on the new release! You are a machine!

March 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Charlene Sands said...

Thanks, Dee!!

March 22, 2012 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Roz Lee said...

What a lovely peek into your world! You have a fabulous work space. I absolutely love that metal sculpture! Thanks for sharing.

March 22, 2012 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Charlene Sands said...

Hi Roz- Yes, I love those horses. They are truly beautiful. Thanks for stopping by today!

March 22, 2012 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger Mia said...

I love your office Charlene. It's wonderful and so you. I can't wait to read Maggie's book or A Cowboy Worth Claiming.

March 24, 2012 at 9:10 AM  

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