Watching: Horrible Histories
Listening To: Oh, Sherrie by Steve Perry
So after I handed in my latest book (AJ and Matt’s story for those of you following at home), I dove straight into my next one, the one I’d dubbed ‘Hot Marco’. Marco Corelli is cousin to my hero in Bed of Lies and made a brief appearance in that book. And as soon as he did, I knew I had to give him his own story. The visual for Marco was immediately obvious to me – Gilles Marini (right), who you may have seen in Brothers & Sisters and Sex & The City. So with him in mind, I wrote a synopsis and began to write the story.
And then something went wrong.
I’ve been reading a lot of fan fiction and Twitter role playing accounts and as I got drawn into these varied characters and scenarios, suddenly, Marco was not Gilles anymore. He was… someone completely different. I saw Marco as a bit of a womaniser, a guy with commitment problems, a guy who’s pretty much in it for the good time. And yes, a guy with some complicated emotional issues. But also he is an incredibly fierce friend, a guy who outwardly, is tough as nails but inside is a vulnerable guy who’s deathly afraid of showing weakness. This was not Gilles Marini. It was… Aidan Turner. Aidan Turner the vampire from Being Human. Aidan Turner from The Hobbit. Aidan Turner with all his crazy emotional issues, his struggles, his casual regard for relationships.
It’s amazing what the change of visual can do for your story. Aidan became Marco in all his charming, swaggering, damaged glory. I loved how he’s just taking over the story, running with his role and shaking up my heroine’s life.
To give you a bit of a teaser, this story is about best friends turned lovers, a sudden pregnancy and decades-old secrets suddenly uncovered. It’s set in Queensland, Australia, one of my favorite places, on a fictional tropical island that just happens to be owned by Marco. Lots of emotional sparks fly between my hero and heroine as they battle to overcome their own relationship problems to get their happy ever after!