It was only about half way through the first draft of Songbird that I decided to put faces to the names for this book and so started trawling around online to find the closest pictures to what was in my mind. I frequently amend details, but these changes are (hopefully) backtracked and logged as I go.
My husband and I, like many couples, I suppose, have a person we like on TV. His is Keira Knightly and so whilst lying in bed one night doing the ‘who would play the role of your hero/heroine/you in your life, if it ever got made into a film’ thing, she was settled on very early on. The two men of the love triangle, I found later; the main hero, having served his country years before.
I tend to write beta heroes, not your alpha male types, but quiet and noble. The strong silent types. I think my hero (on the right) is a beta male even though he’s a brilliant soldier. He’s the quiet, unsung hero who commonly goes unnoticed.
I fell in love with him. I spent a great year with him every minute of the day. As a reader you don’t get to enjoy him for nearly so long, so remember, when you think you’re beginning to fall for him, I had dibs on him first.
Some people asked me if I am ever going to write a sequel to Songbird and so far the answer is no. For me the story is finished. No loose ends to tie up. And that is why my next story was a very different thing…