Please welcome Inara Scott to the blog in support of her newest title – Falling for Mr. Wrong. I’ve also decided to include a giveaway of this new title so check out the blurb at the end of the post and then enter to win a copy (details below).
And now… over to Inara –
Who’s Writing this Book Anyway?
By Inara Scott
Each time I start a new book, I get to decide where the story will be set. This can make an author feel very powerful–“I am a god! I get to decide where my characters live! What their house looks like! Where they eat, work, play!”–but it is also very humbling. Because, contrary to what it may seem, I find that setting is one of the areas of my story that I control the least. Or, to put it another way, this is where the story takes over, and I lose control very quickly.
What do I mean by this? Well, in some cases, I do get to pick the location of the book. But as soon as I choose that location, I also have to take the baggage that comes with it, and the way that the city or state where I place people will affect their daily lives. When I set my first young adult series, THE TALENTS, in the Pacific Northwest, I also accepted the mood of the Pacific Northwest. I accepted the moss, the fog, and the drizzling rain. I accepted ancient evergreens and muddy trails in the woods.
When I set THE BOSS’S FAKE FIANCEE in New York City, I took on a hectic lifestyle, complete with busy streets, taxis, and–since the story took place in the fall–a glorious explosion of fall color when my hero and heroine visited the hero’s old family vacation home in Connecticut.
On the other hand, while I was plotting my latest book, FALLING FOR MR. WRONG, I had even less control over setting, because I started with the characters. I knew I was writing about Ross Bencher, a divorced father of three who was the younger brother of Brit Bencher (from RULES OF NEGOTIATION). I knew that despite Ross’s playboy exterior, he was actually a pretty devoted father to his kids, and that he was still smarting from his divorce. All of which meant he’d be looking for a woman who was stable, reliable, and predictable. Which in turn meant I had to set him up with someone completely unstable, unreliable, and unpredictable.
Following me, here? See, I’m an author. I torture people for a living. So if Ross wanted someone safe, I’d have to make him fall for someone unsafe. And what could be less safe than high-altitude mountaineering?
Enter Kelsey. She’s not nearly as much of a daredevil as Ross thinks she is, but she is headed to the Himalayas to climb one of the most dangerous mountains in the world. And with a character like that, I clearly couldn’t set this book in New York City.
I needed Colorado.
Boulder, to be exact.
Control? Not so much. The story took over a long time ago. Once I set the story in Boulder (and nearby Denver), I knew that the outdoors would have to play a big role in the story. Kelsey and Ross end up camping together, visiting climbing walls, and hiking. Ross, who recently moved to Colorado from New York, learns to breathe in the mountain air and relax. Before I knew it, the setting I was supposed to be choosing had taken over completely, affecting everything from the plot to the way the characters developed throughout the story.
So far, I’ve written books set in England, New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Colorado, and Washington State, and each time, the setting has managed to take control of the story in some significant way. My next book, REFORMING THE PLAYBOY, is part of a series set in Passion Creek, a fictional mountain town in Colorado. You can believe that the magic of Passion Creek left its mark on that story!
Now tell me, if you were writing a book, where would you set it? And once you did, do you think you could stop it from taking over your story?!
Looking for Mrs. Right…
Single father of three Ross Bencher knows the kind of woman he wants: someone predictable, reliable, and safe, who can give his kids the security they deserve. Someone entirely different from high-altitude mountaineer Kelsey Hanson, who bewitches him with her long legs and wild passion. Kelsey’s about as far from his ideal as a woman can get, but try telling that to his body. Or his heart…
Falling for Mr. Wrong…
When Kelsey agreed to fill in as a temporary nanny for her best friend’s agency, she had no idea she’d be working for drop-dead sexy Ross Bencher, a man she can’t seem to keep her hands off. Kelsey knows if she wants to bring herself—and her father—back alive from the Himalayan Mountains, she can’t afford second-guessing or attachments. But Ross’s blue eyes and strong hands leave her gasping…and questioning everything she’s ever known about love…
Now to win an e-copy of this book you just need to comment with an answer to Inara’s question up above… I’ll pick one lucky winner from all entries received by 11/27/2013 at 11:59 pm Central. So comment away and good luck!!