When 50 Shades of Grey hit it big, I didn't pay much attention to the whole phenomenon. Then I found out about Jenny Trout's righteous recaps (click here, scroll down a bit) and they changed my life. Okay, maybe not, but they certainly entertained me. I only discovered these glorious recaps toward the end of the second book and I never went back to read them from the beginning, so I know I missed a lot of great stuff, but I remember CRAVING the next chapter.
Don't you just love having something to look forward to? Damn, I miss that...
I don't begrudge other writers their massive successes, except when I do. Sometimes, you know, when you've been working in this industry almost a decade and you watch other books selling millions of copies, you go, "I'd be happy if I just sold TEN copies of my new novel."
So, here's what I did: I sat myself down and said, "Fine, then. If 'the people' want a goddamn billionaire romance, I'll give them a goddamn billionaire romance. Here I go! HA!" I didn't expect to enjoy the process.
Except by the time I'd reached the end of the first chapter, I'd totally fallen in love with my characters. I wanted to hate them, but I didn't hate them. I loved them for their strengths and their flaws and their fears. They became so real to me that I couldn't wait to sit down with them every day and write more of their story.
The book is called A Man Needs A Maid. Yup, it's named after a Neil Young song--inspired by it, I'd go so far as to say.
A Man Needs A Maid is the longest book I've ever written, and in a lot of ways it qualifies as a pretty typical heteromance. I think. Actually, I have no idea. You tell me once you've purchased a copy and read it.
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Man-Needs-Maid-Giselle-Renarde-ebook/dp/B0131B1KYE