Inspiration is weird sometimes… ~ Outside the Margins by RJ Scott

RJ Scott OTMInspiration is weird sometimes…

Inspiration grabs me at the weirdest times. Driving to places where I get lost in thought, at the grocery story, listening to music, seeing a picture. I am inspired all the time.

The Bucket List came out of a conversation I had with friends about what I would like to do before I get too old to do it!

But this week, inspiration came from the strangest place.

When I wrote Guarding Morgan I didn’t really intend to write seven books in the series. Possibly five as a maximum, but then the characters wouldn’t stay quiet and so seven books made their way into the series. Inspiration for story lines was from all over the place and I couldn’t tell you now what inspired Morgan, or Nik, or Manny, or Kayden, or any of the characters really.

Readers have asked if I will write another Sanctuary book and I answer that my Heroes series has loose ties to Sanctuary.

But as to Sanctuary itself… well, yes I want to write another set of linked books… because I absolutely love writing in the Sanctuary series. But first, after Heroes, and Bodyguards, and my English Hearts series, all planned for 2015, I need to find inspiration for another book. How will it link in to the existing series, what characters would I bring back to form the backdrop to a new book. How will the timelines work, will the Bullen case feature again?

Then, I posted on my blog about my ideas for future books (of which I have a millionty and one) and I mentioned Sanctuary and I received an awesome comment.

How about Cain’s story? He has been mentioned a few times in Sanctuary and is one of the few who haven’t had a story yet. Maybe something with the encrypted document that Mrs Senator was talking about, but hasn’t been found yet.

And you know my instant reaction was, who is Cain? Yes, I know… I am easily confused because I have so many character names in my head. I couldn’t remember him at first, then I realised he was my ‘filler’ character. The admin guy, the one who is always there but has maybe five lines. In World’s Collide (Sanctuary 7) he actually gets fleshed out a little.

“Morning sickness,” one of the men at the computers said. He extended his hand in greeting. “Cain,” he said formally. “You must be the new guy.” The others turned back to whatever they’d been doing.

“Soon,” Joseph explained quickly. Then he handed Cain the letter. “Jake said someone here needed this.” Cain took it without comment and placed it on one of the desks.

“Let us know when you’re ready to come in,” Cain finally said. “We’ll organize security clearance, set you up with what you need to know.” Joseph realized he had been staring around the room. He’d seen some of the computers Manny worked with in the cabin, but this was a whole other level of tech.

Cain is my tech guy, not as in your face as Manny, but the one who quietly works away in the background issuing security clearances and the like. He’s clearly some kind of manager in the space-age computer room.

Now, what if he finds himself in a situation where he has to step up and become the hero. Would he be scared, or have skills that he hid… is he a good guy… or a spy… or is he a quiet unassuming type who you pass by every day and never see?

And suddenly, from one comment on my blog, I have an entire 50k novel in my head.

Go figure.

Sanctuary 8, currently untitled will be available Autumn 2015 and will feature Cain. I just have to let his character grow in my head. The book will probably be the start of a new three book arc.

Sanctuary 1-7, heroes, murder, witnesses, a safe place for those in danger… more details available at

And thank you Kelly Maertens for your wonderful comment!

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About the Author:

RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.

As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.

With over sixty titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway.  She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.

Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

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Title: Inspiration is weird sometimes…
Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell
Publication Date:01/28/2015
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay, M/M Romance, Romance


When Andrew Craig dies, he leaves his brother Jason a list of places that he wanted to visit but couldn’t. Attending a school reunion, London, Stonehenge, these are all on the list and Jason is determined to cross everything off and work through his grief at the same time.

Closeted soap actor Mark Wesley is shocked when a blast from the past looks him up, and devastated when he realizes he will never have a chance to make things right.

Together Jason and Mark agree to work on the list. But what happens when Jason and Mark grow closer, when passion and even love begins to grow?

Was this what Andrew wanted to happen all along between his brother and his friend?

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