It’s a Novel Idea (Guest Post)

by Jade Sutton


One hot summer evening, a couple walked up to a splash pad in the park and decided to go skinny dipping so they could cool off.  After the couple had removed most of their clothing, they began running and jumping in the cool, crisp water.  Suddenly, the jets turned off and on the ground was a very well-dressed woman laying face down with stab wounds in her back.

Next on the scene is New York’s finest homicide detective, Kate Beckett (played by Stana Katic) and the famous mystery novelist Richard Castle (played by Nathan Fillion). The two work together to solve crimes in New York City. After Castle killed off his main character, Derek Storm from his previous series, Castle needed a new muse to inspire him.  Kate Beckett was the inspiration for his new character, Nikki Heat. Sometimes Rick Castle and Kate Beckett are stumped by a case and Castle asks his Poker buddies, James Patterson and Michael Connelly how they would write Castle’s hypothetical story/case. These cases later become the bases for his Nikki Heat series.

The fictional character Richard Castle has written a series of Nikki Heat books.  Just like the TV show the book jacket reads, “Richard Castle lives in New York with his mother and daughter.” The real author of these books is unknown. If you would like to read more, you can find Richard Castle’s books in your local library (I’ve also linked to each book via the image below).

The Nikki Heat series is as follows:


You can watch Castle on ABC Monday nights 10pm EST.  Also, you can purchase past seasons of Castle on Amazon.

Jade Sutton lives in eastern North Carolina with her husband and 2 beautiful feline fur babies. She is an educator by day and an artist by night and her current interests are art journaling, mixed media, scrapbooking, making cards and photography. If you would like to see more of her art, Jade Sutton’s blog is


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