Having a new release can be a scary, overwhelming event, and it's best when you don't have to go it alone. So Carrie and I became "release buddies" this week, since my new romance, When Time Falls Still, just came out Monday, and Carrie's Canada Square releases today! Please welcome Carrie to the blog, and show her some love.
(BTW, I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy. You can see my review on Goodreads here.)
Inspiration can strike a writer in many ways. A news story can grow in your mind, two people arguing in the street can become characters in your book. A beautiful vacation can make the perfect location for your novel. For me, I find inspiration everywhere I look, and sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to write it all down!
Take my latest release, Canada Square. In my previous job I recruited interns for our business, and one day I was looking at them and thinking how alike they all were. What if you weren’t like them, I thought, how would that make you feel? What if you were older, less well-off, went to a college that wasn’t as good as theirs?
That was the inspiration for Amy Cartwright, the heroine of Canada Square. She’s a girl that comes from the wrong side of the tracks, but in spite of her hardships she’s pulled herself up by her boot strings and achieved a lot in her life. But from the first day in her new internship she stands out, and is different, and that’s a hard thing for anybody to take.
It made me think of my own school and college years, when there was a desperate pressure to fit in. I see it in my own children, now. They wear the same clothes, like the same things, talk the same way as their friends. To be different is to be shunned.
But it’s only when we try new things, and accept our differences that we can really begin to grow. In the end it’s our differences that make us unique and special – allowing us to become the people we want to be. Amy discovers this in the course of the book, as she shrugs off her old life and finally grows to become accomplished woman, one that’s attractive, successful and ultimately happy.
Funny to think that story came from watching others, and yet that’s how most of my stories evolve. That’s why getting out in the world and observing is as much a part of the writer’s role as putting words on paper is.
So right now I’m going to put my laptop away, pull on my shoes and get out there. Who knows what I might find!
Secrets have a way of coming out...
Amy Cartwright isn't sure who she's supposed to be anymore. Her family thinks she's flighty, her ex believes she's a walkover (the bastard) and her friends think she's plain crazy. But there's a different side to her that nobody sees, nobody but the cool, sexy Scotsman who just happens to be her boss.
Callum Ferguson isn't looking for excitement; he's had that and it almost ruined him. He likes things calm and predictable – everything that his new PA turns out not to be. But from the moment she walks through his office door it's as though the light has come back into his life, and he can't get her out of his mind.
Fighting against the inevitable, they both try to ignore the attraction, but the flame of desire is too bright. They're soon drawn into a steamy love affair that they have to hide from everybody, knowing the revelation could cost them everything they’ve worked so hard for, including each other.
Author note: Canada Square is the third in the Love in London series, but can be read as a standalone book.