Billionaire Takes All will always hold a special place in my heart for some complicated reasons.
Firstly for the obvious- I’ve never written as two male protagonists in the same book before. That was interesting and jarring if I’m being honest. When I write a traditional His/hers POV book it’s easy for me to switch back and forth because the voices are so different in my head. I can actually hear the different tones in my mind – H’s typically a deeper baritone and h’s are generally sweeter and softer- when I read a chapter’s dialogue straight through (it helps with flow and continuity in a conversation if I read just my dialogue sometimes); so that when a chapter ends there’s a distinctive change in my mind, like a switch being flipped. However when writing only from the POV of two men…the chapters run the risk of bleeding into one another. When I catch that happening and Richard says or does something that only makes sense for Lucas to do or say, and vice-versa, I know I need to stop and take a break.
That actually brings me to the other reason this book was difficult and interesting for me. Both of these men are me. Not completely of course -sadly I’m not a billionaire unfortunately- but their characteristics, passions, mannerisms and especially their flaws are all mine. We’re all multifaceted beings and thus Richard and Lucas make up different aspects of my own personality. I can be reserved, calculating and incredibly precise like Richard, and also a tortured, emotional, heart-on-his-sleeve lunatic like Lucas. Writing a book is always an incredibly vulnerable experience. You pour your hopes, failings, pain and love into a manuscript until there’s so much of you in it that it’s virtually beating and bloody on the page, and then people you’ll never meet assign it 1 to 5 stars on Amazon or a blog somewhere. Heh, what a world.
I hope you like Richard, Gloria, Lucas and Molly. If you do, reach out to me on my newsletter or in my facebook group and let me know which version of me resonates with you more.