I write romance for many reasons not least of which is my love of fairytales and happy endings. The fairytales of my youth were Disneyfied (I love Disney and worked there for 15 years!) and still those archetypes are embedded in the stories even if they aren’t as harsh as the original tales. What I love about these stories is the redemptive quality of love. How one woman can have an impact on one man making him change and then impact the society around him is so powerful. My favorite all time fairytale is Beauty and the Beast.
But for Calling All The Shots I used another favorite because it gets to the heart of something that is very close to me personally. That you can fall in love with someone based on who they are inside. The Frog Prince isn’t handsome and in fact he’s a bit gross to be honest but he convinces the princess to kiss him.
Now Jack Crown is hardly a frog. He’s America’s Sweetheart a fictionalized Ryan Seacrest who has a grin that can make anyone smile in return. But Willow sees past all of that. She sees the heart of the man and she has found him lacking.
In a way Jack is the reverse frog prince in that on the outside he looks good but inside from Willow’s experience he’s a toad. Of course since this is a story of redemption Jack is going to have to prove that he’s not a toad any more. And he’s got the battle scars to prove it! I had a lot of fun using this fairytale for some comic relief in the story.