The story behind Heart Full of Stars
This is a classical example of the kind of writing I do that is just for fun. While writing Legacy and the sequel, Secrets, I needed something lighter to write, as these stories are quite heavy and serious. At first, I thought I'd
An unthinkable scandal drives Darcy Clarke from her jet-set life as a marriage counselor to the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Taking on another identity to escape the hounding media, she accepts a job as a yoga teacher at a remote Scottish castle, where the owner Aidan McAllister counts on her to save the place from going under. Aidan, jarred by life and determined not to get hurt in love, reluctantly warms up to Darcy and starts to believe in a bright future once again. With Darcy's lies building up just as steadily and inevitably as her attraction to Aidan, life in the countryside becomes more and more complex. Then, one day, her past comes back to haunt her.
A sweet, yet sizzling contemporary romance about love and learning to trust, infused with a bit of Scottish oumph.
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go for a proper, steamy cowboy bodice-ripper, and indeed, the story actually started out as such. Aidan was called something else, and was a proper, hot cowboy. Now, before you say anything: no, it's actually not that easy to write romance or erotica. The problem lies in the conflict - the way the story is framed around love and passion, rather than any other, more tangible conflict. That, to me, isn't very easy and without any other pressure (I wasn't going to publish this book), I just wanted to see if I could. Well, I started writing, and then discovered I knew nothing about cowboys, ranches, or Texas. Write what you know, right? I don't always agree, but in this case, my lack of insight made the writing less fun. I knew I had to change the setting. Now, while I was seventeen, I worked in Scotland as a waitress for a year. I know the culture, I know the people, I know the weather... Great! And that's basically how the story was born... and when the last sentence was written, I felt that the story actually held for publication. I mean, why not?
This is the second book I've published, and in that sense, it was an even better lesson to draw from than my rounds with Legacy. With editing, proofreading, a proper cover artist and proper formatting, I got a product that felt almost like a traditionally published book. That's what I wanted to achieve with Legacy, and as such, it was a revelation, because I could use that knowledge to brush up THAT book as well, resulting in a sleeker, more professional edition. Invaluable!
Should a writer switch between genres like this?
Some writers tend to stick to one genre, because they feel comfortable with it, but there's nothing to say it's not allowed to write in more than one. For me, it allows me to have fun with my writing, which is what it's all about. But - and this is something I've learned the hard way - different genres draw different target audiences. While some readers easily enjoy one of the two, some absolutely don't, so for marketing purposes, it's pointless for me to tell anyone to, if they like one of my books, try the other one as well. It doesn't work that way, and that's a valuable lesson to learn.
a compelling story with heartache and hope and the growth of a powerful love.
This book is all about its characters and their setting. It is infused with descriptions of food, place and feelings. The well defined characters are vividly brought to life. There are no stereotypes here. They are appealing and sometimes frustrating. Their resilience is tested. This is an imaginative and surprise filled narrative in which the fictional world seems real. Well written and engrossing, this book is well worth reading
It was filled with romance and passion just as any good romance should be. This one is most definitely a keeper.
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