I’ve always been fascinated in what lies beneath. In the façade one shows to the world. Whether it involves the latest celebrity scandal splashed on the daily rags, my avid curiosity of what goes on behind royal doors or even a glimpse of a once-loving couple walking in silence, three feet apart.
The whys of it all stretch my muse with endless possibilities, conjuring the emotional turmoil of pained eyes belying an easy smile and laughter tearing at the heart. Then comes the greatest magic of all; How can the power of love heal the scars etched on one’s soul to lead them from the darkness into the light?
So it’s with no surprise that my book concepts tend to originate from dark, sometimes sordid, often perilous pasts and Claudine, my first Arunthian Princess is no exception.
A highly complex woman, she hides a chaotic blend of insecurities behind the veil of a serene smile as she cries inside, beneath a dour wardrobe that smothers her sensitive skin and a chilling mask of indifference made of iron. And who better to crash into her seemingly perfect world with the delicacy of a ten-ton brick and make her face her greatest fears than ex-military bad-boy, Lucas Garcia. Who not only makes her feel alive for the first time in her life but represents everything she despises in the world.
No ordinary man, he too conceals a harrowing past and wastes no time in stripping away Claudia’s layers until she is bared in more ways than one.
On the face of it, behind the facades they wear these two tortured souls are the worst possible combination – a match that promises a battle of wills like no other. Ah the excitement and sizzling spark of hated, impossible, forbidden attraction, don’t we just love it!
I adored writing Claudia and Lucas’s story, one that (I hope) brims with emotional highs and lows as they slowly but surely heal one another, inside and out, with a sprinkle of humour, a good dose of sensual adoration, a heap of redemption and a whole lot of courage to make the greatest sacrifices of all.
Princess In The Iron Mask holds a very special place in my heart. And not only because it led me to The Call. But I suspect a lot of people will see parts of themselves in Claudia and cheer her on to her happy-ever-after. I am so unbelievably proud of her, and Lucas too. It takes great strength to face your ultimate fears but victory is so much the sweeter. The rewards heaven-sent.
Are you fascinated by other people’s lives? Is there anyone dead or alive whose secrets you are dying to know? Or perhaps you are the one hiding behind a mask…