Their engagement is pretend
Cupid has other plans…
Wedding planner Mariah Van Delton has a plan to save the charming small town of Carter’s Crossing—by turning it into a romance destination! All Mariah needs is a very public Valentine’s Day proposal. And her only option? A fake one between her and the handsome town veterinarian and wedding hater, Nelson Carter. But a little charade between adversaries might just be the start of something undeniably real…
Characters are the most essential part of a book. I’ll read different genres, and tropes I don’t care for if I love the characters. My what-if questions that lead to a story come from imagining what a particular person would do in a particular setting.
Mariah has a different background, something that I have wanted to include in one of my characters. She grew up on a sailboat. This is a setting I am living right now.
At the end of August 2018, my husband and I moved onto our sailboat and left Canada, heading south. Since then, we’ve made our home on the water in the Caribbean. It’s exciting to see parents who, for a single year or many, are taking their children and giving them this kind of exposure to different people, languages, countries and lifestyles.
Since people without issues don’t keep a story going, I imagined someone growing up as a kid travelling the world on a boat and experiencing problems with that. This is entirely something I made up, and none of the kids I’ve encountered have told me they feel this way – but they might.
Mariah grew up with travel and change, and now wants to stay still and predict what’s going to happen to her. As an adult, she’s staying on land, and has plans to settle in NYC after this year in Carter’s Crossing. But not everything can be planned.
My editor helped me create Nelson. When I originally proposed this idea, the character of Nelson had suffered through an engagement to a bridezilla. She asked about flipping the expected scenario and having him be the groomzilla. That immediately made Nelson more interesting and helped me understand him.
He’s a natural leader, town golden boy, coasting into his dream life, only to realize that he’s been so focused on himself and his career that he hurt his fiancée. Suddenly, he has to look at his goals and actions in a new light. He returns to his hometown, determined to never be that guy again. And since his wedding planner encouraged him, he has a bit of a problem with wedding planners in general.
Finding that his beloved grandmother has invited one to change his town…does not go over well.
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