Where does Carrie Underwood fit into all this?
Writers often get asked about the source of their inspiration. For me, it changes from book to book. It can really be anything—a snatch of real life that I catch, a scene in a movie or on TV, and sometimes a song.
You may well ask where Carrie Underwood fits in, because I’m not a country music fan. However, the idea for Nobody’s Princess popped into my head when I caught the video for Carrie’s song, “Before he Cheats.” The chorus goes like this:
And he don’t know…
That I dug my key into the side
Of his pretty little suped up 4 wheel drive,
Carved my name into his leather seats…
I took a Louisville slugger to both headlights,
Slashed a hole in all 4 tires…
Maybe next time he’ll think before he cheats.**
You might be thinking reading those lyrics that the story is one of reunited exes, and I did go that way at first. But I kept listening to the lyrics and wondered what would make a woman so mad that she would do that to someone’s car. Yes, he cheated, and that’s bad enough, but most of us would not go that far (however much we wanted to). Tiffany needed her own internal demon that her cheating ex prodded into life. Also, I didn’t like the idea of her getting back together with her cheating husband, so I made the love interest Thomas Hunter, and gave a need to get to her ex as badly as Tiffany did. Putting those two together spelled – ROAD TRIP!
My story begins seven years after the car trashing. Once all the dust has settled, and Tiffany has had time to reflect on what happened all those years ago. Except Tiffany hasn’t been doing much reflecting, she’s more been hiding than anything else. So much so, that she has never dealt with her past in the legal sense as well as emotional, and now it’s all come back to haunt her and threaten her future.
Tiffany needs to get ‘real’, and Thomas Hunter, the book’s hero, is all about real. To spice it up a bit, I changed the car from a modern 4×4 to a vintage Lamborghini Miura, and added a seriously angry teen to the mix.
As Tiffany’s journey in the book is about finding herself, she also needed to see her part in her disastrous first marriage. I’m not saying any woman causes her husband to cheat, far from it. So far from it, in fact, I didn’t want her ex-husband as the hero, but her entire marriage was a mess. Her actions with his car that day had a lot to do with a lifetime of penned up hurt and frustration. Tiffany married the wrong man for all the wrong reasons and ended up in a terrible marriage.
And when Nobody’s Princess starts, she’s in danger of doing the same thing all over again…
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Nobody’s Princess Book Blurb:
Sarah Hegger is back with another delightful Willow Park Romance, but this time the road to love might be a little bumpy…
Tiffany Desjardins has a plan. Well, she had a plan, until her past and all its complications came back to haunt her. Her not-quite-ex-husband, Luke, is missing, and suddenly everyone needs to find him–including Tiffany, if she wants to marry the true man of her dreams. Then there’s Thomas Hunter, Luke’s brawny friend, who won’t take “no road trip” for an answer–and who won’t stop showing up in her daydreams…
Thomas couldn’t care less about Luke’s personal life, but he needs to find him if he’s going to make his fledgling minerals and metals company a reality. And if that means following Tiffany, who’s taken off in Luke’s rare Lamborghini Miura, he’s more than willing–especially if there might be a chance to negotiate some of Tiffany’s lovely curves. As Tiffany and Thomas speed along without a map, the only destination that seems certain is being together…
“Sarah Hegger’s voice is rich and witty and in a word, addictive.”–Terri Osburn, author of the bestselling Anchor Island series
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Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble.
Mimicking her globe trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother.
She currently lives in Littleton, Colorado, with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.
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