Sunday, September 9, 2012

Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do (marry them!)

I think most every woman has encountered a bad boy at some point. You know the ones. Those come-hither eyes. A smile that makes you smile back, even if you are pretty sure he's bad news.

I was always the WORST sort of sucker for bad boys. My dating history is littered with rose petals, love notes left on car windows, and other detritus after the storms. Why ARE they so charming? And so impossible to keep?

I had a real challenge writing a romance novel with a bad boy as the leading man. I mean, he was SUPPOSED to love 'em and leave 'em, right? Roar in on his motorcycle, charm her pants off (except this is the 80s, so it's a mini-skirt, of course) and ride off into the sunset.

But who wants their romantic fantasy to hit THAT close to home?

So I had to figure out what would turn this particular bad-boy around. Something that would shake his character to the core, but not shake the faith of our leading lady.

I knew I was straying from traditional romance novel territory by setting a big chunk of the book in a prison. For this particular couple, I felt the risk was worth it. Both of them had seen their fair share of love-in-flames. But both of them recognized the spirit of the other. The question would be--could they stand this terrible test?

The book has been out a few weeks, and I'm still delighted by the response to it. I hope for those of you who get a chance to read it, it will be a story you long remember.

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Catherine Lee said...

Hi Deanna,

I've been following your Goddess Fish tour. It's been fun. Stella Dane sounds so deep...not my usual light summer fluff reading. Although I do like bad boys!
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Debby said...

My daughter goes for all the bad boys. the problem is none of them are ever good boys in way shape or means.
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