By: Shannon Curtis
Congratulations to "Angela", the winner of Shannon's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!
What did you like to read as a kid? I used to read a lot of mysteries – Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, The Three Investigators, Harriet the Spy – anything with a little danger, and I got sucked in. That possibly explains why I love reading and writing romantic suspense.
But before I got all wrapped up in the mysteries, spies and capers, I read a genre that so captured my imagination that it’s influenced everything I write.
The humble fairy tale.
These stories were creative, enthralling and captivating on an instinctive level. They contribute the basis of our moral behaviour, and are epic in scope, humble in origin. They spawn runaway hit T.V. shows, such as Once Upon a Time, Grimm, and the new Beauty and the Beast. They have hot heroes and gorgeous heroines – and the more wicked the villain/witch/imp/troll, etc, the more I like it.
So when my romantic suspense interest met my fairy tale yearnings, my novella, Enamoured, was born.
I wanted to write about a kick-butt contemporary heroine, yet the whimsical elements of a fairy tale world kept intruding until I couldn’t ignore it any longer and Esmerelda, the Fairy Godmother Enforcer, came to light. Not only did she invade my story, but she brought friends, too, in the way of Rumpelstiltskin, Fate, and the Grand Fairy Co-ordinator, formerly known as the Fairy Queen. The suspense wasn’t simply about solving a crime any more, but became a question of anticipation – what on earth are these characters going to do next?
I’m a plotter, ask any of my friends. I’ll plot, and I’ll plot and I’ll plot the house down. I also like to schedule. Alas, there are times for a writer when the creative muse just doesn’t fit into the diary, or plot outline. For a plotter, these times can be thrilling – and frustrating. My third romantic suspense novel was just about finished, and I was outlining my fourth – the start of a new series – when this novella crept up and took me by surprise. Sometimes there are stories that you just have to write – and Enamoured is one of them. And yes, perhaps Rumpelstiltskin’s wicked aggravation might be a reflection of my own, but he really did show me how mischievous and sexy an imp can be.
But then, so did my hero…
“Uh, look. I really need your help.” She took a deep breath. She did most of the sales negotiation on behalf of her boss—she shouldn’t, she wasn’t qualified or registered, but she did. “What would make it worth your while?”
He lowered his glasses and eyed her, and she gritted her teeth. She couldn’t see the colour of his eyes from here, but he made no effort to hide the fact that he was checking her out. He slid the glasses back up his nose and grinned, dimples flashing.
“Your loss.” He turned to leave. She sighed and looked away. A man crossing the business estate caught her attention. Lionel. He was on his way to the council chambers across the road. She turned away, trying to hide her face. Please don’t see me.
“No, wait!” she called to the labourer, trying to keep her voice low. Damn it all to hell. “Okay, fine.”
He turned his head, just slightly. Didn’t even meet her eyes. “Dinner.”
She rolled her eyes. Fine. She was ready to agree to anything at this stage, as long as he gave her the flash drive back. She’d take it off him and run. “Fine. Dinner.”
Melanie’s grip tightened on the chain-link gate. “All right, already. Can you please just get it?”
Melanie glanced back over her shoulder. Lionel had stopped on the other side of the street, talking to a man she didn’t recognise. “Fine. Dancing,” she growled as she turned back to the frustrating man who was playing carelessly with her future.
He turned and started walking toward the gate, his shoulders and hips swinging in a loose-limbed gait. He paused when he got to the bottom of the ramp.
“One more thing,” he said, holding up a finger. She cast her eyes skyward, praying for patience.
“What?” she hissed.
To celebrate the release of my novella, Enamoured, tell me: What is your favourite fairy tale and why?
Each comment goes into the draw to win a copy of the novella, Enamoured. (Winner chosen by Just Romantic Suspense’s automatic number generator!)
Above all, I hope you all have time to relax and indulge in a little magic!
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