When writing a romance, I always start with a basic concept or hook. And the next step is character development. I find it helps to have a visual idea of my characters, especially my hero and heroine. Most of my heroes are tall, dark and handsome of course. In Back to You, my hero ‘John’ is inspired by Canadian actor Scott Speedman (this week’s ‘crush of the week’), who is most famous for his role in the TV series ‘Felicity’, and was recently seen in ‘The Vow’ as Rachel’s McAdams fiancé. For my heroine ‘Sophie’, I was inspired by actress Kristen Ritter who appeared in many films, and ‘The bitch in Apartment 3B’ and also ‘Breaking Bad’.
I like the visual contrast in these two characters; John is rugged and unkempt, light haired, and blue-eyed. And Sophie is prim and proper, dark haired and has big dark eyes. Her skin is very pale and it’s one of the reasons John calls her ‘Snow’.