By: Amy Andrews
When I first sat down to write Holding Out For A Hero, the story was essentially about Jake and Ella – two people with a shared past who come together for a greater good and find love along the way.
Simple. Easy. I could so totally nail that!
In the beginning - back when I was an innocent - the only secondary characters were Ella’s best friend, Rosie and Rosie’s two aunts, Daisy and Iris. And they were there only as a means to highlight Ella and give some backstory.
How was I to know these people would take over?
Well maybe making Rosie a semi-goth chick and her aunts ex-carnie folk was a clue. But truly, I swear I didn’t know that day I first opened my word document that my simple love story between two people would become hijacked by a bunch of misfits forming their own motley urban family where love, security and acceptance abounded.
Because you see, before too much longer I had Cam, Ella’s grunty teenage brother. I had Simon – Rosie’s very conservative love interest who is a total yin to her yang. I had Pete, an ex-street kid turned bartender, wise far beyond his nineteen years and I had a mangy mutt called Cerberus who totally stole the show.
And then, if that wasn’t enough, along came Trish and Miranda. Trish is one of Jake’s oldest and closest friends with a terrible event binding them inextricably together and Miranda, her daughter, is a love interest for Cam.
And then there’s the other characters. The school slated for closure. The family home facing a wrecking ball. A rag tag footy team hell bent on glory.
What? Where did my simple love story go?
This is probably a good time for me to point out that any misconceptions readers might have about authorial control are totally phooey! You want to take something away from this blog, take this - we are not in control. The people in our head take over and we are merely channelling.
Yep, we’re no better than a 1-800 psychic.
But here’s the thing. That’s the beauty of storytelling. Stuff happens. Unexpected characters pop up or the plot will twist suddenly and dramatically or someone who was slated with a walk-on/walk-off role, waltzes in and steals the limelight.
And as much as that scares the pants off an author, we all know somewhere deep inside, story magic is happening.
And a smart writer knows to get out of the way .
In Holding Out For A Hero the magic took over and for that I will be forever grateful!
Amy Andrews is an award-winning author with 30+ contemporary romance novels to her name. She's sold over a million books worldwide as well as being translated into a dozen different languages including Manga!
She loves her kids, her husband, her dogs, men in tool belts and happily ever afters. Do not mess with the HEA! Also good books, fab food, great wine and frequent travel – preferably all four together.
She lives on acreage on the outskirts of Brisbane with a gorgeous mountain view but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany.
Holding Out for a Hero
When sensible schoolteacher Ella Lucas rides into her home town on a Harley and seduces the resident football hero, Jake Prince, she figures she can be forgiven and move on. After all, she's just buried her mother.
Two years later, back in the city, their paths cross again but this time Jake is in the process of destroying her favourite dive bar. With her home facing a wrecker's ball, her school being closed down and her 15-year-old brother hell bent on self-destruction, it's the last straw. Throw in a dominatrix best friend who is dating a blue ribbon guy so straight he still lives at home with his mother, it's no wonder the sanest person in Ella's life is a dog.
With all this to contend with, the last thing Ella needs is Jake back in her life. But, as fate would have it, Jake is the only chance she has to save her school.
As the school football season heats up, old secrets threaten to surface and Ella takes on greedy developers, school boards and national tabloids. But can she save not just her home, her school and her brother, but also the reputation of the man she's never been able to forget? And, more importantly, does she want to?
Holding Out for a Hero is a quirky, heartwarming tale of unlikely romance, friendship and family.