When I begin the planning process for a new book, several things come into play. First of all I ask myself general questions. Where shall I set it, who is the heroine, and what situation is she in? I’ve known who was going to be the heroine of my next book for a while now. And I knew the basic situation. I had to come up with a new setting – done. I can flesh all these things out as I go along. But the next crucial ingredient that I’ve been missing is WHO IS GOING TO COME ALONG TO SCREW EVERYTHING UP?
That’s right. The hero. The guy that waltzes in, turns the heroine’s goals on their ear, and generally causes mayhem.
I love hero planning.
My heroine is very TOGETHER. She likes things a certain way and gets them done on time (this isn’t like me at all, no sir *rolls eyes in sarcasm*). Her plans are even more important because other people are relying on her. Who will drive her crazy? Someone who is not as committed as she is. Someone who appears – at least on the outside – to be rather lax about certain things. She’s scrambling to balance the books; he’s got more money than he knows what to do with. She hates violence; he’s serving community service. She believes in earning your way; he appears to have a HUGE entitlement complex.
And he’s got to be tall. With a sexy grin. That’s because as soon as I filled out certain parts of my character background one person came to mind as the perfect visual casting.
Not sure if any of you have watched JUSTIFIED with Timothy Olyphant, but he’s a US Marshal and a rather cool customer when all is said and done. He does some stupid things but he’s on the RIGHT side of the law. His ex? She could pull off the snooty/sexy librarian look all day long.
LOVE LOVE LOVE the role. Love how he rocks the hat (the hat is in EVERY episode) and the boots. Love how he ends up looking for trouble. And the one liners? Priceless.
So that’s my casting as I work on my next proposal. There are some days that my job is a true pleasure.
In the meantime, I have two releases out this month – SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER from Samhain Publishing is out in print, and PROUD RANCHER, PRECIOUS BUNDLE hits shelves tomorrow from Harlequin Romance. You can check out excerpts from both on my website.