Writing a book is like going on a trip. I’m sure you’ve heard that before if you’ve ever talked to a writer. And some writers have a GPS and a back-up map and their car is fully serviced and they have snacks and water before they leave on their trip…I’m not that kind of writer.
I’m the writer who wants to go somewhere exciting and packs a bag and then figures the rest out on the way. And my latest book is a bit like that. Its about two people who won’t back down and both are determined to win. Something that you may not know about me is that I’m incredibly stubborn. I’m nice about it so you might not realize that I’m always going to try to get my way, but there it is.
Staci Rowland is like this as well. She’s will back down for a little while and then regroup and come at the same situation again and again until she gets the resolution she wants. She is determined to win Premier Chef (a fictional reality TV cooking show). I’m tempted to digress right now and start talking about my love of Master Chef, but I won’t.
The other thing that was key to me with Staci is that I wanted her to have been tested by life and had her dreams shaken to the core. But I also know that I want her to still have hope and still believe in them.
Remy Cruzel is sexy as hell with his Cajun accent and bad-boy good looks and he knows it. He is used to being in the spotlight and being praised but he’s gotten old enough to recognize that some of those kudos could be because of his family name. Now he’s trying to prove to himself that he’s worthy of all that he’s achieved.
Of course he’s lying about who he is so when Staci falls into his arms and he feels an immediate zing (its a Blaze!) he realizes he’s in trouble. This is one writing rule that I’ve always followed…they come into each other’s lives at the worst possible moment!
But that is the part that my writing-brain really likes. If the situation seems impossible my old stubborn side comes into play and has to keep at it until I can figure out a way to make it work.
What about you? Are you stubborn? Do you live with someone who is stubborn? How do you get things the way you want them?
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