We have a pretty good idea of who inspired Shane August, but please tell us about who inspired you to write this character.
Yes! Henry Cavill is the reason we are having this discussion, right? ;)
I discovered Henry Cavill on The Tudors. He stole my heart in Season 1, and by the last season, I was absolutely torn apart by his aching, loyal-to-the-king-until-the-end turn as Charles Brandon. He was able to convey a much older man through his expressive face and dedicated performance. Who better to embody my Shane August, a character whose life has been littered with loneliness, yet manages to build a company focused on helping others? Shane has a huge heart underneath an übersexy exterior. That’s Henry, all right!
There have been numerous romance books recently with the theme of wealthy businessman meets sweet pretty girl and they have an instant attraction, tell us what sets your book apart from the others.
The biggest difference is that at his heart, Shane August is kind. He has no bizarre kinks or fetishes (not that there’s anything wrong with that!), and he doesn’t feel the need to be controlling with the heroine of the story. He’s a real man — who meets a real woman who knocks him off-kilter when he least expects it.
We loved the feisty spirit in your female protagonist, Crickitt. Is it important to you as a woman writer to write strong female characters into your books?
Thank you for saying so! It’s important to me as a writer to write the female characters as honestly as possible. Sometimes they are strong, but they also have moments where they aren’t. I think the most important portrayal of a heroine is to allow her to be herself.
Shane won me over when I found out he could bake. Did you try out recipes in preparation for writing about his baking all those many yummy goodies?
Ha! Oh, everyone loves when he brings Crickitt chocolate chip cookies. That’s a fantasy in itself, isn’t it? I based Shane’s cookies on a Babycakes Bakery recipe I have pretty much perfected. It’s such a well-loved part of the book that my editor asked me to write a “Dear Reader” letter (for the paperback of Tempting the Billionaire) about the story behind the cookies.
What comes next for Crickitt and Shane? Will we see them in Hard to Handle (the follow up to Tempting the Billionaire)?
Even though Crickitt and Shane found their happily ever after at the end of their book, they still have sizable roles in Hard to Handle (and we see them pop up in the third book of the series, The Millionaire Affair, out in June 2014).
If you could wave your magic wand, would you cast Henry Cavill as your Shane August if this book became a film? Who would be the perfect Crickitt?
I would love to see Henry play a romantic male lead. I think his range of emotions would portray Shane perfectly. It’s not hard to imagine Cavill in an apron toiling over a cookie pan! As far as the female lead, I’d have to go with Cobie Smulders from How I Met Your Mother. She’s both beautiful and approachable.
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Tempting the Billionaire Synopsis:
Crickitt Day needs a job... any job. After her husband walks out on her, she's determined to re-build her life and establish a new career. When swoon-worthy billionaire Shane August hires her as his assistant, she jumps at the chance to prove herself. Despite her growing attraction to her boss, she vows to keep things strictly professional. No flirting. No kissing. Definitely no falling in love...
Shane August is all business, all the time. He's a self-made man who's poured his heart and soul into his company, and he'd never allow himself to get involved with an employee. Then he hires sweet, sexy Crickitt-and he can't keep his mind or his hands off her. But no matter how much he wants Crickitt, Shane fears that painful secrets from his past will always come between them. With fate working against them, can these two lonely hearts learn that sometimes mixing business with pleasure is the perfect merger?