Monday, 4 December 2006

Now what?

So, I have a hero and a heroine. Now what? They had to have a reason to meet, a reason for their very different worlds to collide. And sometimes the oddest things provide inspiration.

When my editor asked if I wanted a dedication in Blind-Date Marriage I didn’t have to think too long. When I emailed it to her she responded by saying it was “strange, but nice”. It reads:

For the unknown man I soaked while driving through a puddle.

One rainy October morning I was driving along a road I know, but don’t use very often. Since the rain was heavy, puddles were collecting near the kerb and I drove through one not realising how deep it was. As my tyres hit the puddle a spray of water a good four-feet high flew into the air and soaked a poor man passing by.

I felt awful, but chickened out of stopping to apologise as I was on my own and didn’t want to aggravate an instance of ‘puddle-rage’. At the same time I was scolding myself for my cowardice, my brain was whirring.

What a great way for my hero and heroine to meet, I thought. What if she was brave enough to stop? Where would they both have been going? And before I knew it I had an idea for the opening of my story. The location changed and so did the car, unfortunately, but the basic nugget of the idea was in place.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Then i am waiting for the head butt into gentleman's bottom for the the next book :)

lol
liz

Sharon J said...

What a lovely dedication. I always read them and often wonder about the cryptic ones. If only he knew...

Jessica Raymond said...

LOL! I like that dedication. And love the "what if..."s you immediately started asking yourself :)

Jess x

Fiona Harper said...

Steady on, Liz!

And yes, Jess, wasn't it great I completely forgot about the poor man and started plotting instead (g). Thought I ought to make it up to him with the dedication.

Donna Alward said...

I think it's fabulous.

allyblake said...

Fabulous way to use someone else's misery for profit! the writer's best friend ;).

And I did just notice that your book is a Reading with the Hostie read on eHarlequin too!!!

http://community.eharlequin.com/webx?50@142.5My3aKHIXyy.1288404@.4a83dec6/0

Can't wait to buy it in Aus next month!!!

A

Fiona Harper said...

Yes, ppor man. He suffered for my art. I was going to put that in the dedication, but thought it would sound a bit pretentious if people didn't relaise it was tongue-in-cheek!