And that is how the The Million Pound Marriage Deal was born.
I had three songs that I played over and over while I was dreaming this book into being (and while I was writing it):
* Jewel’s Foolish Games, which was Sophie’s theme song
* Robert Palmer’s Simply Irresistible, which was Will’s theme song
* Morgan Evan’s Kiss Somebody, which came on the radio the first time I was idly dreaming about this story
If you watch the film clip of Foolish Games, you’ll see where my inspiration came for Sophie’s love of horses. ;-)
The expression on her face in the final seconds of the clip gets to me every single time.
I have a Pandora charm for each of my books, and this is the one I chose for The Million Pound Marriage Deal. A piggy bank. Isn’t that red bow the cutest? It seemed appropriate given that Sophie is saving all her pennies so desperately.
This is Cawdor Castle, and I grabbed this photo from their website…so if you want to read more about the Castle (and it’s link to Macbeth!) just click on the link. :-)
So that's a little bit about the book! If you have any questions about the book or my process, ask away and I'll do my best to answer them. :-)
The Million Pound Marriage Deal is on shelves now, and available at all of the usual places.
Barnes and Noble
I did love this book and the theme songs for both Sophie and Will are really good, I do enjoy seeing and hearing how you get to think about writing your stories, and that Pandora charm is perfect :) love that castle I would love to visit :)
Oh, Helen, wouldn't it be lovely to visit Scotland to explore all of those marvellous castles? That'd be such a treat. And so glad you enjoyed Sophie and Will's theme songs. At a certain point in the story Sophie actually says they're playing a Foolish Game. And at a different point Will acknowledges to himself that he'd always thought Sophie pretty, but now he thinks her irresistible (obviously both lines were directly influenced by the songs :-) ).Delete
I love Morgan Evans Kiss Somebody, Michelle. Also love his While We're Young!ReplyDelete
Once I discovered him, Amy, I had to watch *all* of his video clips -- in the interests of research you understand. ;-) And I particularly enjoyed both that song and the clip.Delete
I, too, am a collectors of charms and that piggy is TOO cute, Michelle. I *may* have to work one into a book just so I can get the charm!ReplyDelete
Also, I'm now obsessed with the Jewel song/video. I will be reading the book while imagining the scenes it inspired.
The charms are too cute (and/or gorgeous!) to resist, Bron! I have been known to browse the charm catalogues looking for story inspiration there. :-)Delete
And, yes, that Jewel video -- I can watch it over and over. :-)
I love that you have a playlist to go with the book. How cute is that little pig. What a great idea to have a special charm for each of your books.ReplyDelete
Music can be such a great source of inspiration, Veronica. Not just in terms of story ideas, but for atmosphere and tone too.Delete
As for my charms, Mr Douglas started the tradition...and I love it. :-)
Love the sound of The Million Pound Marriage Deal, Michelle. I love a marriage of convenience story. And that song...so lovely and moving.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Jen. And, yes, the song is so full of emotion! Perfect for use in the romance writer's arsenal. ;-)Delete
I loved this story --reading how they started out friends then reading how it turned into something more------LynReplyDelete
Aw, thanks, Lyn! So glad you enjoyed it. :-)Delete