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Sunday, July 31, 2011
With my current release from Harlequin Romance, Not-So-Perfect Princess, the heroine was a continuity character. I knew everything I needed to know about her. My hero, however, was unknown. I knew he lived on an island in the Mediterranean, was a prince, a sailor and a black sheep. But his backstory and motivation were a mystery to me.
As soon as I saw a Nautica advertisement, my hero came alive in my mind. The setting, the sailboat, the man. It was all so perfect. Ideas and insights exploded in my head. I couldn’t jot down notes fast enough. I asked if I could rip out the ad to take home with me. She, also a writer, said yes, even though it was a brand new magazine.
When it came time to write my story, I kept this image firmly in mind as well as the ad close at hand. Alejandro became his own man, but the ad helped me get there!
Of course, when the cover came out, that hero looked nothing like I imagined my hero looking like. This wasn't the first time that happened. I knew it wouldn't be the last.
But when I had Romance Trading Cards made for this title to take with me to the RWA conference in NYC, I decided to look for a hero who was more like my inspiration from the ad than the one on the cover. I must admit it was fun looking through all the stock photo sights for the perfect guy.
I don’t think I did too badly. What do you think?