How I was inspired to write Wanting Mr Right –
Wanting Mr Right is the second book in the Alex Jackson series and even though each book can be read as a standalone, I hope you’ll read and enjoy them all!
I never intended to write a series. When I wrote the wedding scene for Alex and Violet in Kisses under the Spotlight, I just couldn’t let Daisy go.
I’d fallen in love with her character and adored her outspoken nature and loud personality. She had to have her own book and so I wrote Wanting Mr Right. And so I matched Daisy with Logan, who is career focussed and not interested in settling down.
Since I already knew and loved Daisy, it was a joy to write this book. The words just flowed!!
How I was inspired to write Kisses under the Spotlight –
When I first started writing romances my dream was to write for Mills and Boon. At the time they had a fantastic line called Sexy Sensation and I loved their books especially by Kelly Hunter and Julie Cohen.
But after years of writing and rejections, the line was changed and I had an epiphany….I should write the books I wanted to read and not try and fit them in to a publisher’s line.
I took leave from my corporate job, did some extra studying and wrote, and wrote and wrote. In those six weeks I spun a fairy tale romance between a sexy superstar and an ordinary gal, which became Kisses under the Spotlight.
I have to confess I’ve always had a soft spot for handsome crooners, think Hugh Jackman, Michael Bublé, Harry Connick, Jr., and Michael Feinstein. Smooth looks, smooth voice, smooth moves. Sigh!
So when I needed inspiration for my fairy tale romance I looked no further than my collection of CDs. Ta-da, meet Alex Jackson. He can sing, tap dance upside down, perform, and has millions of adoring fans.
Kisses under the Spotlight is the first in a four series, although each can be read as a standalone.
How I was inspired to write Falling for Mr Wrong –
I started this book a few years back and got stuck around the 30K word mark. After much soul searching, I put the manuscript aside and wrote a 3 book series.
In July 2014 I was selected to attend a dynamic women’s conference in Israel. I arrived early and spent 3 days exploring Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Although the conference was based in Jerusalem, time was spent in of Tiberias and Tsfat.
I heard inspirational talks, met interesting people and had the opportunity to immerse myself in the country’s history and culture.
After 12 incredible days, I returned to Melbourne, opened my laptop and rewrote “Falling for Mr Wrong”. The words flowed as I poured all the amazing experiences I had just enjoyed into Tilly and Nate’s story.
Rather than just basing the story in Jerusalem, I took Nate and Tilly to beautiful northern Israel. Whether you’re religious or not, you can’t help but feel inspired by the places and events that occurred there.
Tsfat, the home to Jewish mysticism has amazing artists living there and you can immerse yourself in art and visit galleries.
In Galilee, Christians visit the places where Jesus performed his miracles, Jews visit the tombs of the Rambam and other great sages. And for the not so religious visitors, there are stunning walking tracks and hot springs to indulge in.
The country is steeped in history and everywhere you go, there are monuments and remnants of the past that have been meticulously preserved.
I’ve loved the feedback I’ve received where readers have not only enjoyed the romance, but also the setting.
I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to go on the conference. There was a long waiting list of women, however I’d mentioned to one of the leaders that I had a valid passport and could travel last minute. Barely four weeks before the group were to leave someone had to cancel and I got their place. How lucky am I?