Bookishlovers, I am so happy today. The wonderful and amazing Inara Scott is here on my blog today, guest posting for her blog tour of Falling For Mr. Wrong.
Here’s a little bit about the book:
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. Kelsey bewitches him with her long legs and wild passion and is 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 before a big climbing expedition, 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. She knows if she wants to bring herself—and her father—back alive from the Himalayan Mountains, she can’t afford second-guessing, attachments, or distractions. But Ross’s blue eyes and strong hands leave her gasping…and questioning everything she’s ever known about love…
Now let’s get onto the good stuff. Inara’s blog post!
Things I’ve Learned After Writing Ten Books
(a.k.a., Kids are a Pain in the Butt)
There are things you learn after writing ten books. 1) Write down the names of all your characters and say them out loud, so you don’t have a Jack and a Mac in the same book. 2) Set books in places like Miami, so you can write off a trip to South Beach over Spring Break. 3) Don’t put kids in your romance novels.
No, this isn’t about market research and target audiences. This is about plotting. Because here’s what I learned while writing Falling for Mr. Wrong: kids are a pain in the butt.
How so? Well, picture this. Imagine you are writing about a single dad who has just moved to a new town (Denver) where he has no family or friends. Imagine your single dad falls for the nanny he hires to take care of his kids. Imagine further that said nanny is a terrible babysitter who is actually terrified of children.
Cute, right? Except, how in the world do you arrange for your hero and heroine to have their sexy times?
Huh. Never thought about that, did you?
Yeah. Me neither.
Actual email to editor: “HELP! How do I get them together? She’s there to watch the kids, so they can’t get busy while she’s at his house. But they can’t go out without the kids, because they have no babysitter. SHE’S the babysitter! ARRGG!!”
This is where you get creative. You start thinking about late nights after movies at his house…doors with locks…substitute nannies…camping trips and separate tents.. Heck, I even imported the hero’s brother and his wife (Brit and Tori from Rules of Negotiation, for Bencher Family fans) all the way from New York City so our leading man and lady could have some private time!
Before you get too worried, never fear. Where there’s a will there’s a way, and Ross and Kelsey had a lot of will. But man, have I learned my lesson.
No characters with names that rhyme.
Set books in cool places.
Thank you Inara! It was fun having you and i hope I get to host you again soon!
And here’s a giveaway!
So, Bookishlovers, If you could set a story in any place, where would you set it?