Somoene e-mailed me and asked how I came up with the idea of my first book, and well, the vague answer is: it just came to me.
As I’ve said before, I was reading a book about a fortune hunter (again) and half-way through an idea popped into my head: what if he wasn’t out to marry an heiress? What if he was being paid only to ruin her reputation without offering marriage and fell in love?
The idea intrigued me.
I’d never read a book set up that way. Sure, there’s the cold-hearted abduction where the two are forced to spend time alone together and fall in love. Or, there’s the marriage of convenience where love grows in time. And of course the poverty-stricken lord who marrys (or becomes betrothed) for money and later realizes he’s in love.
But never a man taking money to destroy a girl’s reputation.
Perhaps that’s because most people (author’s included) think at the time gentlemen were supposed to have high moral character and would never do such a dastardly deed. But this was the Regency, remember?
During the Regency, gambling, womanizing, and drinking to excess were just a few of the vices that became increasingly popular. And while we might not like to think it, some men truly were villains (the duke, perhaps?). Was this situation likely to take place? I really don’t know. Perhaps, perhaps not.
However, as all Regency lovers do know, ladies reputations were easily damaged and not always did the gentleman responsible for said damage do the right thing. It’s also known there were sevearl impoverished lords who would marry for the sake of money. So while some might think the idea is a bit far-fetched, it’s actually not if you put it into persepctive.
Back on topic, with the plot idea in place, my next struggle became making it work. Creating two characters who had personalities that lended themselves to this type of a plot as well as a reason (other than being penniless, of course) for this to happen…