On this week’s edition of Romance Writers Weekly blog, Jeanne McDonald asks: “What is one of your favorite quotes from your book(s). Explain the reason why it's your favorite and its significance to the story and characters.”
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When I first read this topic I was like pffft – easy peasy! I’ll use the opening sentence of Pride and Prejudice. I think it is one of the most perfect sentences ever written in the English language, and so beautifully encapsulates, in an ironic way, the entire theme of the book. Excellent!
Then I re-read the topic and saw the word your. A favourite quote from one of my own books? This easy task now became almost impossible. And not for a good reason. Not because I have so many favourite quotes that I don’t know where to start. But because I cannot think of one off the top of my head. Not a single one.
So now I’m scrambling. How to fulfill this week’s assignment? I start off by decided which of my two published works I will chose from. While MOUNTAIN FIRE is close to my heart because it was my first book baby, from a distance of years it is easy to see things I should have done differently. So that leaves CHEF D’AMOUR.
My next step was to think of my favourite scene in that book. This is a bit easier. Jemma has just had a disastrous first day on the job, including an accident with a tray full of squid that end up draped all over her. Then her car won’t start. The only person who offers to help is Paul, the sexy chef and reality TV star she’s already had the displeasure of meeting. He insists on driving her home, and despite her sour mood he finds her intriguing and different. At the end of the chapter he drops her off and heads on his way. The last sentences are:
“The car seemed oddly empty without her prickly presence. The smell of squid kept him company the rest of the way home.”
Now, these words should not be immortalized in bronze and mounted in Westminster Abbey. But I can remember writing them, and thinking how they were the perfect way to introduce Paul’s attraction to Jemma. She is not going to be an easy woman to love, and yet he misses her only moments after he leaves her. And describing the unpleasant odour of squid keeping him company gives a unique sensory image of the difficulties she will bring him, while showing that he will greet these troubles with cheerful good humour.
I don’t know – am I crazy? What do you think?
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