I've just set myself a deadline, something I swore I would never do, but Loose-Id sent out a Submission Call for a holiday story for next Christmas and I couldn't resist. So, what kind of story could I come up with? What was going to catch people's imagination? While chatting to one of Loose-Id's management team and fellow author, Treva Harte, I thought about the differences between Christmas spent in Australia compared to a Christmas spent in the northern hemisphere. While in England and in other parts of the world it's traditional to spend December indoors with a fire blazing in the hearth and watching the snow fall in lazy flakes from a grey and lowered sky, in Australia it's hot and sunny and we go to the beach and have barbeques and picnics under bright blue skies with not a snowflake in sight. So I thought about a tourist coming to Australia for Christmas to visit Bondi Beach, one of Australia's famous beaches, and their was my plot. I had my characters, David Shaw and Scott Murphy, one English, one Australian, both on holiday, both out for a good time, with neither of them looking for anything but mind blowing, gut clenching, uncomplicated sex. So they get together, but then starts the little disasters. A cut foot, a broken bed, a flooded hotel room, a broken down car, food poisoning, falling off a cliff, a shark attack and a plane crash. How are my two guys supposed to survive all that? And can a holiday romance turn into something more, something permanent?
So Murphy's Law was born.
If my proposal is accepted I hope to start writing at the end of March and complete by the end of June. Wish me luck. I'll let you know how I get on.