Hi Nas! Thanks for having me here today!
The romance world is full of tropes: rags to riches, marriage of convenience, beauty and the beast etc- and, as writers, we’re often asked by our editors to kick the conventions a little, turn them on their heads, surprise the reader.
So, in my new book, The Last Doctor She Should Ever Date, I thought I’d try something a little different. Different for you the reader, that is. For me, the setting and the hero’s job are very familiar.
Medical romances tend to be centred around small town GP practices or large city hospitals- as a former nurse and the wife of a doctor I’ve spent a lot of my life in both settings. But for The Last Doctor…I wanted to explore another side of my life- that of the Sports Doctor.
There are three reasons for this. Firstly, because when I introduced Zac in my very first book, One Month To Become a Mum he was away at a sports med conference – hence the reason for heroine Jessie to help out at his practice. When I wrote that book I never even thought about writing Zac’s story- until my ed suggested it later. So I had to stay true to that when I started his book.
Secondly, because my hubby has been a GP/Sports doctor for so many different local and national teams in a variety of sports that this is just my way of life- and sports medicine is a growing field that has never been represented in medical romance, that I’m aware of. It demands a unique set of skills and an ability (and a very understanding family) to be able to travel anywhere at the drop of a hat.
Thirdly, and most importantly, because of this:
PHEW!!!!! This happened in the first game of the rugby world cup in 2011- I was there, in the stadium watching, and when Sonny Bill took off his ripped shirt all the women in the crowd held their collective breath. When the team doctor had to help him put his new one on she was the most envied female in New Zealand!!!! I had to write about that kind of action!
Dani, my heroine, is pretty unconventional too. She’s a woman catapulted into a very male-dominated role and straight into the glare of a huge media frenzy. All she craves is a quiet life, something different from the ‘fairytale’ life she’s been brought in. She has to fight to be taken seriously and fight for her privacy.
Do you prefer a conventional story or do you like something a little different?
In The Last Doctor She Should Ever Date Zac takes Dani on an unconventional date that is the furthest thing he could find from a fairytale. What would your fairytale date be? A giveaway to one lucky commenter!