Readers ask me all the time which of my books is my favorite. That’s a hard question. Because I do have one particular book I love because of the hero. But for the most part, it’s the story I’m writing at the time. Like most romance authors, I fall madly in love with my characters. Especially my heroes. They are seldom out of my head. At night, the bed gets mighty crowded as I work out scenes.
I score the story much like a movie and download those chosen songs onto my iPod. (I know that’s old school. I should use my iPhone…call me a relic) Anyway, I listen to the soundtrack in the car and sometimes before I go to sleep. No matter how many times I hear the tunes, they evoke the same emotions. If it’s for a sad scene, hearing the song will make me cry. And that’s crazy. I know in the end, no matter how sad, there will be a happily ever after, but the tears still come.
On occasion, my brain gets focused on upcoming scenes I’m not ready to write. Once that happens, I have to get the idea down on paper or I won’t be able to write in sequence. I put them in a file and when I get to the point where they work in the story, I add them.
Then as I reach the home stretch of the book, I procrastinate because I just can’t say goodbye to these people who have become such a big part of my life! I don’t want to fall out of love with Jared, Rance, Ridge, Dac, Jace, or Ritter. Even with all their faults, each is my dream man in one way or the other, and they make my heart flutter. Once the book is done, I won’t obsess think about them as much. They will have found happiness with Maggie, Wren, Raynie, Quinn, Tizzy, and True, and I will have moved on to my next hot hero!
Oh, and my favorite book…is Chirp. I think it always will be because I fell hard for Rance. For me, he was just the right amount of bad boy with an underlying sweetness that only Wren could bring to the surface. Who would have thought an Aspie and an ex-con would be a perfect match!
Chirp by Ann Everett