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It's time to start The Good Fight

The idea for The Good Fight came to me one day at the gym. I was on the treadmill and bored senseless, desperate to think of something to preoccupy my mind for the next thirty minutes. For some reason, I thought of Dr. Susan Jones. (You met her briefly as Caitlin’s sister in In Her Defense.) If you’ve read my books, you know I like difficult people. I like people who have to work twice as hard as everybody else for their HEAs (or HFNs), and I like telling their stories. Well, Susan’s a handful. She’s a self-obsessed workaholic who barely has time for her own daughter. Sounds like a dreadful heroine, I thought. Obviously I must write her story!


Except…Susan’s only tangentially tied to the Time Served Series. She’s not a lawyer and she has nothing to do with Camden. Also, she’s a doctor, and I didn’t want to write a story that took place in a hospital. So…now what? A muscled gym dude strolled past. Oscar Hall! I thought. (Among other admiring things.) He has a small part in Time Served as Dean’s sparring partner, lives in “Crime Central” Camden and is a 6’4” fighter-turned-accountant-turned-fighter-again. He has a stronger thematic connection to the Time Served Series, but what could he possibly have in common with Susan? Everything and nothing, as it turns out.


I like characters that challenge and complement each other, and Oscar and Susan definitely do that…and much, much more. They’re not easy. They’re not sweet and adorable. They’re flawed and funny and infuriating. I’d established Susan as a certain type of character in the previous story and I didn’t give her a brain transplant to mold her to the ideal definition of a romance heroine. And I didn’t write Oscar as the sex-on-a-stick ladies man who only thinks thoughts readers want him to think. I wrote real people, with real problems, learning to work together and love one another while having some pretty unreal sex. I think that’s worth fighting for. Enjoy! ;)

I was born a fighter. You had to be, to survive in Camden. Lucky for me, I loved it. The thrill, the pain, the glory. Until one night things went too far and I almost lost my ticket out.

So I swore off fighting. Never again. No matter how much I wanted it.

I went to college. Got a degree. A job on Wall Street. Yet I still wasn’t smart enough to stay away. So now I’m back. And it’s just as bad as I remember.

Enter Dr. Susan Jones, superstar neurosurgeon. She’s brilliant, she’s sexy and she’s a pain in my ass. I can’t
get enough and she's too busy for a relationship. She wants to hook up, get off, go home. She doesn’t have time for a thug from Camden. But she keeps coming back.

This place brings out the worst in people. Every day it threatens the project I’m working on, the plans I’m making. Every day it drags me down just a little more, until the hands I vowed to keep clean start itching to get dirty.

If I don't start fighting for what I want, I’ll wind up with nothing, and I didn’t come back to Camden for nothing. I came back to start something. And when people hurt the things I care about, the gloves come off.
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Looking for inspiration photos is a successful procrastination method I employ a little too often. Stuck on a plot point? Look for a photo! Struggling with a scene? Maybe I should mock up a cover. Character not behaving the way they're supposed to? Let's take a nap.

Inspiration Picture: Dolph Ziggler
Baseball is actually the only sport I care about, and according to the internet, Dolph here is a wrestler. This picture was too perfect to pass up, however, and I looked at it often. What do you think? Are you feeling...inspired? It's not just his hotness, but that borderline arrogant stare that makes me want to stare right back.


Inspiration Picture: Rena Sofer
Very rarely do I picture a real life person when I'm writing a character, but the more I wrote, the more I saw Rena Sofer as Susan. This photo captures exactly the qualities that makes it so hard for Oscar to forget about her, even when she's driving him crazy. Which is, well, always.
What I'm Working On
Currently underway (and being documented in my #WednesdayWIPReports on Facebook), is Undeclared, the follow up to Undecided. This is Kellan's story, and if I thought I knew that guy when I wrote Undecided, I was very mistaken. As for the heroine, well...I've always wanted to write a tomboy romance. ;)
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