I’ve been writing full time for several years now in the erotic romance genre. This all came about when I won an award for the very first piece of erotica I tried my hand at. That award resulted in me giving up my career in nursing to dedicate myself to the written word and, of course, my imagination.
I now write for HarperCollins in the UK and Ellora’s Cave in the US. I also self publish and it’s my latest self-published novel I want to talk about today. It’s called Breathe You In and I would class it as a sexy romance rather than erotica. It’s not kinky or dark, it’s just a romance with the bedroom door left open. The reader gets to go on the entire journey with the hero and heroine whether they be clothed or unclothed!
My inspiration for this book came to me years ago. I’d completed my basic nurse training and was spending time in Oxford, England, adding to my qualifications in acute medicine. I was spending time observing in the operating theatre and it was the cardiac surgeries that particularly caught my attention. Not just the surgeries but also caring for these patients after life saving and life changing operations.
Seeing a chest wide open, a heart beating, being repaired or even transplanted held something magical for me, so much more so than a hip replacement or a bowel operation. I remember chatting to a woman in the post-op ward about her operation and she was completely fascinated that I’d observed her surgery and actually seen her heart. In fact she made me come and speak to her husband about it when he visited that evening. He looked at me as though I’d told him I’d seen a fairy at the bottom of the garden. I’ll never forget that look on his face.
Why? Because the heart is the foundation for our lives, not just the chemical, electrical and engineering qualities it possesses, but also the way we refer to it when we love someone. It’s more than that even, we say it breaks when someone leaves us, pines for a lover we are separated or beats more quickly when we’re held, kissed, made love to.
The heart is an organ referred to more than any other in our body in our day-to-day lives. When I started outlining the plot of Breathe You In it was these thoughts that kept playing with the threads of the storyline. I became fascinated by the thought of a girl obsessing over the recipient of her dead husband’s heart. She wanted to see him, to know where the heart that loved her so much was when she went to sleep at night. It’s the one piece of him that she cannot stop thinking about.
In the UK donor families and recipients can communicate and even meet but it has to be mutually agreed and coordinated through a liaison officer. In my story, Katie, can’t wait, she has to see the donor, but that’s it, just see him from a distance, and she hires a private detective to seek him out. But when Ruben Strong turns out to be not only fit and healthy but gorgeous and charming things
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