Author Abby Green’s The Mediterranean Billionaire’s Blackmail Bargain
My fifth Harlequin Presents is out this December in the US, and I still can’t believe I’m lucky enough to be writing these books. I had a friend who lives in Los Angeles go into her local bookstore the other day and the book was already on the shelf in November!
This story was born out of a single image in my head. No plot, nothing, just an image inspired by a film – Oceans Twelve. In it, we see a character who is played by Vincent Cassel, the charismatic french actor, who, in the film, lives in a palatial villa on Lake Como. As you do!
We see a montage sequence of shots that feature this character who has to be the pure incarnation of an arrogant Harlequin Presents alpha male hero! He’s on his sleek yacht; getting out of a sumptuously rumpled bed leaving behind a beautiful woman; walking through a glittering hotel foyer with two different and even more stunning women on either arm…the mood created is pure decadence and the indelible impression of a man who can snap his fingers and have what he wants, who he wants, when he wants.
But the shot that stuck in my mind was of him driving along the shores of Lake Como in a beautiful car just as dusk was falling, before arriving back at his jaw droppingly opulent villa. Alone.
Why was he alone? And why was I wondering about that? I couldn’t get that image out of my head, it was so evocative, and then couldn’t help imagining a story around it. And that story is: The Mediterranean Billionaire’s Blackmail Bargain.
The scene that inspired the story is near the beginning of the book, but what happens after that and how the story built up around it – I sometimes wonder how all the synapses fire to create such linkages and ultimately a story – and I’m just happy that they do!
Dante D’Aquanni is the hero and Alicia Parker, a humble English nurse is the heroine who gets swept off her feet, literally.
I’d love to know if any films or even just shots from movies have inspired any of your stories? And then is the story you end up with radically different to what you started out with?
It might be necessary go and watch a lot of delicious movies with glamorous locations and devastatingly handsome men so if you feel you must, go right ahead!