What a delight it is to visit with you on Michelle’s blog! At the moment I’m reflecting on my latest historical romance, Scandal In Spring, as I sit waiting for a phone call from my agent to see if we made the NYT list. But no matter how the book ends up doing, I will always remember it as one of the most fun writing experiences I’ve ever had.
As some of you may know, my Wallflower books feature a group of four young women who band together to help each other find husbands. "Scandal," the fourth novel, not only shows a tender love story, but also shows the deep affection and trust that has developed between these female friends over the course of the series.
Exploring all the wonderful things about friendship, not to mention the challenges, was a big part of why I loved writing this book. The other aspect I enjoyed was my ugly-duckling hero, Matthew Swift. I spent a lot of time developing Matthew into a hero I thought would be perfect for the whimsical, romantic Daisy Bowman.
You see a lot of ugly-duckling heroines in romanceland, but not nearly as many heroes. So all Daisy Bowman remembers about the young man she knew in New York is that he’s awkward, gangly, stiff-necked and serious. She knows for certain she would NEVER marry a man like that.
But when Matthew shows up in England a few years later . . . he is a sexy blue-eyed, broad-shouldered hunk! He is a MacGyver-type hero, who always has pockets full of odds and ends, and loves to solve problems. And he has been secretly in love with Daisy for years.
I really identify with Matthew, because I was such a nerd in junior
high and the first couple of years at high school. Later I got rid of
the glasses and braces, and learned how to put on makeup. But I never forgot what it felt like to be so shy and awkward . . . and I think the swan in the fairy tale never forgot his ugly duckling days. Which is nice, actually.
Do you like ugly duckling stories? Were you a wallflower?
P.S. Dear friends, I just got the call and I'm announcing it here first--Scandal In Spring is number nine on the NYT list. Please go drink some champagne for me!
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