When I began His Brand of Passion, the third book in my Bryant Brothers ‘Powerful and Proud’ Trilogy, I decided I wanted to set the story in New York City. I lived in New York for two years as a young single woman, and then for three years when I was married with four children. My family and I moved from New York to rural England two years ago, and I still miss the buzz of the Big Apple.
So writing about it was tons of fun, as well as a trip down memory lane. The story starts at a wedding at the iconic Plaza Hotel, where I’ve had afternoon tea. Central Park features briefly for the photos after, as does the lesser known but equally beautiful Riverside Park, where I’ve taken my children.
The heroine, Zoe Parker, is a struggling artist who lives in the East Village, where I lived when I was a single, struggling writer. Aaron, the business tycoon hero, lives on the Upper West Side, in a neighborhood similar to the one I lived in with my husband and kids.
It’s always fun to include bits of life in your books, and I hope my love of New York shines through in this book. Yes, it’s a huge, overwhelming, frantic city. The price of everything is outrageous ($1400 for ten children’s swimming lessons, anyone?) and people can seem busy or rude or both. But I loved the energy I felt living there, the feeling that I was in the middle of everything. And I love writing about it, not only in His Brand of Passion, but in a women’s fiction, This Fragile Life, I have out in August with Carina UK.
Have you been to New York City? Did you like it? Tell me what you did or didn’t like about the city. I’ll pick one random commenter to win copies of all three of my Bryant Brothers books, digital or paper.
Happy reading, Kate
UPDATE: Thanks to Kate for offering the giveaway! The contest is now closed and LIDIA was the lucky winner! Congrats Lidia, and please check your email