With the release of her new Anthology, author Lindsey Gray stopped by my blog with a little guest post.
Holiday Cure for the Cursed Summary:
CiCi Newport is cursed by her family’s money. When men look her way, all they see are dollar signs. After two years, her “no dating” rule is still in place.
After a chance meeting, they’re entwined for the holidays. What starts as attraction might just be the holiday cure they’re looking for.
“Predictability and Stereotyping Through the Pages”
In the age of a market flooded with Romance stories, each writer has to consider what they need to do to make their story stand apart from the rest. First and foremost, avoid stereotypes at all costs. No body wants to read the same character types over and over again. You have to grab your audience, turn them sideways, slap them silly, and give them something new with every turn of the page.
When I begin to develop a story, I think of all the things not to do. I would take a situation and play out the most reasonable outcome, then turn it around and go in the opposite direction.
Let me set a scene for you. A man and a woman have been kidnapped and wake up in just their underwear, handcuffed to a bed. What happens next? An instant panic? Uncontrollable crying female? A search for implements to free them? Not in my story! The woman wakes and realizes the situation. She then voices that she’s going to be sick and the man has to find something for her to throw up in. All they have within reach is a pillowcase. Makes for a more interesting scene don’t you think?
While developing Holiday Cure for the Cursed, stereotyping was at the forefront of my mind. The idea of a rich man dealing with gold diggers entered along with a woman dealing with sexual harassment. Each story had been done in several shapes and forms. Then it hit me to switch it up a bit. I created a man who had been sexually harassed in the workplace and a rich woman who had her heart broken by men out for her money. Out of a gender reversal, a whole new type of story was born.
While not many characters like CiCi would exist in the real world, I’m sure there are more than a few who have the problems Daniel has faced, but they are not publicized. The story develops as these two meet with an interesting connection, yet have a realistic fear of getting too close. Their solution is to keep their identities as vague as possible, but they can’t seem to stay away from each other. That is when they are distracted from their real lives and begin an adventure into the unknown.
With a holiday backdrop and a cast of unique supporting characters, I believe Holiday Cure for the Cursed is a realistic romance to warm your heart and fill you with the joy of the season.
Lindsey Gray’s Biography and Links:
Lindsey Gray dreamed of several different careers as a child. On the short list were doctor, chef, and actress. None held her attention like putting pen to paper and creating her own world through words. Since 2010, she has published three novels and one short story with The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House. In 2013, she went on her first self-publishing adventure and produced her novella, “Fireworks”.
A mid-west native, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, rooting for the Green Bay Packers, reading whatever she can get her hands on, and making life interesting at every turn.
Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4505542.Lindsey_Gray?from_search=true
Amazon US Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Lindsey-Gray/e/B004MSX224/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
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