Behind The Scenes
Her Favorite Temptation
Her Favorite Temptation is a parallel story/prequel to Her Favorite Rival, my September 2013 Super Romance. I was invited to write this story as an e-only novella by Harlequin, on the basis that they would be promoting it and giving it away for the entire month prior to the release of Her Favorite Rival. This seemed like a good idea to me, especially since I was desperate to tell Leah's story after having written Audrey's.
I started out thinking I was going to write a little 30,000 word story. And the words kept flowing, and flowing, and flowing. At around 50,000 words I rang up my editor and told her that I thought I was pretty much going to write a whole other Super Romance. We talked for a bit about the options, but in the end we decided to stick with the plan. And the great, wonderful bonus of e-books is that - really - there are no word count limits. I say this very blithely, but of course I am aware that my editor had to wade through all the extra words, as did the copy editor, the typesetter, etc, etc. I keep telling myself that telling Leah and Will's story properly was worth it for me and them! I hope you'll agree.
I had a very firm idea of what Will looked like and sounded like and the sort of music he played while I was writing this book because I had just discovered Matt Corby. I must have been living under a rock (or it's possible I was actually living out of the country) when Matt Corby did his thing on Australian Idol, so I was very late coming to the party in discovering this incredibly talented, incredibly sexy dude. I'm including a couple of links here and here so you can go have a peek at him playing his guitar at an radio recording session a few years ago. The last clip is the stripped back version of the single 'Brother' which won him Song of the Year at the ARIAs in 2012. I just fell in love with everything about him - his voice, the way he gets lost in his music, his sexy scruffiness. Whenever I needed inspiration for this book, I would just head on over to YouTube and watch him sing for a bit, and everything was good!
I did a lot of research to make sure I got the details right for the therapy that Will undergoes toward the end of the book. Constraint Induced Movement Therapy is arduous, time-consuming, frustrating and requires a huge commitment from both the patient and therapist. Therapists have had amazing results with this work, however, and I fervently wish that it had been around when my father had a stroke when he was forty. I first read about it in Norman Doidge's The Brain That Changes Itself, and it stuck with me - probably because of my father having a life-altering stroke at such a young age. In the way of writing things, it bubbled away in my subconscious and was finally reborn as part of Will's story.