I’ve often thought that writing a romance is a bit like concocting a new dish. You start with the recipe you think you want to follow set down in black and white, gather together a few basic ingredients …
- A hero and heroine, naturally
- An interesting setting or two
- A basic premise for the plot
… and then the fun really starts as you experiment with all those added extras and nuances which, like herbs and spices, bring a unique flavour and feel to your book until, in the immortal words of Goldilocks, it’s “just right”.
If it doesn’t work out, you backtrack and try again, taking out the ingredients that didn’t work and adding in something else instead, until the end product – whilst hopefully delicious – might bear little resemblance to the original dish you intended.
My basic ingredients for Warm Hearts in Winter?
- The hero and heroine – Jack Blane and Abby Davis.
- The settings – Jack’s old stone house on the wintry Yorkshire moors; and later Edinburgh, a city in the midst of its annual summer Fringe Festival.
- Basic premise – When Abby accepts a temporary assignment in the wilds of Yorkshire as personal assistant to a widowed novelist, she assumes he’s an ageing recluse. Jack Blane is anything but. Still struggling to get his life and career back on track after his wife’s death, Jack isn’t ready for a breath of fresh air like Abby. Snowed in at his winter retreat, as the weeks go by, Abby must rethink her policy of never getting involved at work … and Jack must decide if he’s willing to risk love a second time.
Warm Hearts in Winter is due for release on 30th September from Astraea Press.