I love the glamour involved when I'm working on stories like Betrayal/Twisted Sister/Famous & Shameless and the fact that I can let my imagination run wild. The plots can be a little more far fetched, the twists, twistier than a twister lolly ice and the characters can be as outlandish as I can make them. I think my love of this particular genre stems from my addiction to Dynasty when I was younger. I was engrossed in the crazy plots, the characters were always bed hopping, fighting, plotting and head spinning whenever they were on the receiving end of a slap (usually the blow was dealt by Alexis) and the names where fantastic, Krystal Carrington, Sable Colby (which sounded like a fur coat circa 1985) and my all time fave Dex Dexter...it is no coincidence that I named one of my character's in Famous & Shameless Max Maxwell, it was totally Dynasty inspired. And I can't tell you how excited I was when I met a guy called Myles Colby in REAL LIFE! It made me so happy.
Even to this day I love shows like Revenge on E4, again beautiful people with a slightly far fetched plot, but that's escapism and I hope that's what my readers feel like they get when they read one of my glam books. It's not meant to be rocket science, just a bit of fun when you've had a pants day and need to switch your brain off or if you're chilling out by the pool on holiday.
I love to give the perfectly formed characters in these books as many problems as I can think of, secrets are usually involved, a bit of blackmail, affairs left right and centre and the odd dead body popping up when they least expect it. You can't have perfect teeth and live in a penthouse and not expect there to be consequences!! I generally have an evil baddie, like Marcus in Betrayal who is the total opposite to my fire fighter hero Jez. I have my bad boy, gone good, Chase in Twisted Sister and my action hero Hunter in Famous & Shameless. I love writing these characters.
When it comes to my chick lit books, like Love Overboard and the yet to be released This Christmas, I like to make my characters a bit more believable, Zoey and Lucie in Love Overboard could be girls that you work with, live next door to or went to school with. They like to have fun and the trials and tribulations they come up against are more to do with things that we might face, relationship issues, friendship problems and dealing with husbands who leave the loo seat up.
I also like to try and inject some humour into my books and that covers both styles and while Love Overboard has a lot of light hearted moments in it, I think I've got a few funny lines in Famous & Shameless to break up the plotting and scheming.
All in all, I write these stories because I love to write and the best thing now is that I can share these stories. Nothing puts a bigger smile on my face than someone saying 'I read your book and I loved it.'