I wish I had an engrossing and fascinating tale to tell you about the genesis of TheMan Who Saw Her Beauty. I wish I could amaze you with the startling leaps the synapses in my brain made in the service of creating the story. I’d love to make you gasp in awe at the brilliance of my inventiveness and imagination.
In fact the development of this story is all rather boring. It emerged at a snail’s pace while I was busy writing other books. No lightning flashes, no thunderbolts and no serendipitous epiphanies.
And yet I love this book and I loved every moment I spent writing it. I even enjoyed reading it again when my author copies arrived (and, believe me, that’s a rare occurrence.).
Why, you might ask? Excellent question!
First of all it is a story about hope and encouragement. Blair my heroine is recovering from a mastectomy, and I fear we all probably know someone who has been touched by breast cancer. As frightening as it is, though, there are also many, many stories about women who have fought and defeated breast cancer. Stories to kick despair to the gutter. I don’t think we can have too many of those.
Secondly, one of the main themes of this book is about not putting off your dreams—they’re too important to put on hold. How many times do we say, “When I’ve done x, y and z then I can pursue my heart’s desire?” This prompted some interesting discussion between the DH and me. Upside—we’re planning a trip to Europe early next year…and then we’re getting a dog. (Hey, dreams come in all shapes and sizes!)
The Man Who Saw Her Beauty is released in North America in May. If you’d like a chance to win a free copy, leave a comment
below—perhaps you could tell me if you have a dream or two that you’re working towards too.