Behind The Scenes
The Last Goodbye
This book started life as another story entirely. The original story was about a park ranger who’d been burned by his ex and a perky, life-loving younger woman who was going to open his life to love again. It was going to be set in New Zealand, where I have lived previously, but when I started writing I found myself spending hours researching the native flora and fauna of New Zealand. Hours. And then there was the story - for whatever reason, I simply could not get into these characters’ heads. So I decided that the park ranger story was DOA, and sat down with my pad and pen to dream up another book. My husband said to me “what haven’t you written about yet that’s important to you?” And I started writing, and The Last Goodbye was born.
One of the things I really love about writing Superromance is that our heroes are real men. They’re strong and brave and sexy and all the things that we expect from our romantic heroes, but they also make mistakes and have fears and get angry and are flawed and afraid and human. I love that about them, because it feels so real to me, and even though my books have lots of fantasy in them, I’d like to think there’s a core of emotional honesty in them, too. Tyler was a great hero to write - as was his brother, whose story I tackle in my August release, One Good Reason. I loved how good and loving he was, and how hurt. And I loved matching him against Ally, who had so much love to give but was terrified of being let down again.
I gave Ally a career I have always been fascinated with - advice columnist. Every week I religiously read Dear Prudence in Slate, the on-line magazine. Prudence is pithy, straight, funny and strict, but it’s the dilemmas that people are facing that really get my antenna vibrating. I defy any writer to read a Dear Prudence column and not get hit with a million ideas. Anyway, I have wanted to give this career to a heroine for a while, but until Ally came around I hadn’t found the right person for the job.
One last thought: if you’ve read the book already and are wondering, the answer is yes, I do wear pajamas a lot, and I do love ice-cream. A little too much, in fact!
If you’re looking for a free read associated with this book, I wrote a short on-line novella for Harlequin that features Ally in a small way. The story is called Worth The Risk and here’s the blurb for it:
Every morning Nick Malone went to a nearby café. He ordered a latte and a bagel and he sat and read the paper. And he tried not to stare at Ella Kincaid. His former high-school crush.
She’d always been out of his league. After all, she’d gone on to become a successful model. So why was she sitting alone in a coffee shop looking so…fragile? He was determined to find out. He knew it was going to take patience, tenderness and care, but he would prove to her that life—and love—was worth the risk.
You can find all 20 chapters on-line at: http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=1574&chapter=1