Welcome back to the second installment of behind the book (you can check out the first one here for Rules in Blackmail)! Rules in Rescue holds a special place in my heart since its release because readers have been telling me for weeks how much they love my hero, and that this book is the best in the series so far.
So now I’m actually learning to appreciate all the tough times and doubt I had while writing the book. Seems the harder it is to write a book for me, the better the characters and plot? Not sure if that’s true, and I really hope it’s not, but I did have a tough time writing Rules in Rescue, and here’s a glimpse of behind the scenes detailing why.
Let’s get started.
Sequel Doubt is Real
I’ve started two series in the past I never finished because fear that the second book in the series isn’t as good as the first is a real thing! With Rules in Blackmail, I wrote that sucker in three months, and really loved every second of it. Words would fly out of my fingers because I was so in love with the story and the characters, and I believed in the book with my whole heart.
That wasn’t the case for the second book in the series.
With Rules in Rescue, I was nearly paralyzed on the same chapter for weeks at a time because I was constantly worrying, “What if this one isn’t as good as the first?” or “What if Harlequin doesn’t contract this one, and I only have one book with them for the rest of time?” <–That’s actually happened to me with another publisher, so these were real fears keeping me from putting my fingers to the keyboard. I was scared I’d given my best in that first book, and there was no way I’d be able to strike inspiration gold again. So I stopped writing for about a month and a half while tackling my fears.
Ultimately, I needed to figure out a way to work through my issues while finishing the book. Because Harlequin definitely wasn’t going to contract it if I didn’t have a book for them to read in the first place. And with the help of suspense author JT Ellison, my writing journal was born.
Where I Got the Inspiration
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll see I’ve mentioned Anthony Harris and Glennon Chase are patterned after real-life couple John Krasinski and Emma Blunt, but the inspiration for the story line came from Krasinski’s newest film (at that time) 13 hours.
In the film, Krasinski’s character is married and has children. He’s dedicated to serving his country and just can’t seem to pull himself away from the action long enough to appreciate the life he has back in the states, so I wondered what would happen if the wife left while he was on tour. How would that play out? How would that affect him?
And my reunited lovers romance arc was born. Of course, I made some changes. Glennon and Anthony were engaged at the time she left, and they didn’t have children, but they ultimately get their happily ever after and bring their small family back together.
More random facts about the book:
- The original title was “Rules in Recovery,” but my editor suggested we change it so it wasn’t confused with physical recovery from an injury rather than recovering a person.
- I pulled one of the secondary character’s names “Mascaro” from the side of a construction truck
- The only music I listened to while drafting was the Edge of Tomorrow score
- Hunter, Glennon’s son, is modeled after my own son, who was four-years-old at the time I wrote the book.
- I landed my literary agent with the proposal of this book.
- The proposal at the end of the book was inspired by this proposal video and I still cry when I watch it.
There you have it! The dirty laundry is out on what it took for me to write Rules in Rescue.
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