It’s funny how books and mini-series come about. A couple of years ago, my editor sent me a list of upcoming Harlequin Presents themes they were doing mini series for and one of them caught my attention and my imagination. Notorious heiresses. So, how did we get from there to Ruthless Russians?
It all started in San Francisco. I’d decided I wanted to write a book duo about two old-money heiresses who’d grown up as close as sister on San Francisco’s Nob Hill. So, I asked my daughters if they’d like to go on a little trip with Mom. One said yes, the other was still leery about leaving the baby home.
Isabelle and I had an amazing time in San Francisco and as will often happen, parts of the city I didn’t expect to play into the story fascinated me. I took tons of photos of the areas I intended to write about and the hotel that would inspire The Chatsfield – San Francisco (from Sheikh’s Scandal).
When I began writing An Heiress for His Empire, the relationship between Vik and Max became every bit as intriguing and important as that between Maddie and Romi. By the time I began working on A Virgin for His Prize, I knew that my guys who’d grown up in the Russian community in San Francisco and were now self-made tycoons were the center of the story every bit as much as the unconventional heiresses that ignited their passions and ultimately captured their hearts.
San Francisco is a city rife with subculture. Isabelle and I absolutely loved it and hope to return, buy I think you’ll find a good dose of the city’s flavor in both books in my Ruthless Russians duo. In fact, I think you’ll find yourself wanting to visit after reading the books.
What is one place you’ve always wanted to visit, but have only had the chance to read about?
A VIRGIN FOR HIS PRIZE can be purchased in mass market paperback or eBook format
AN HEIRESS FOR HIS EMPIRE can be purchased in mass market paperback or eBook format