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There's always a villain...

Updated: Jun 1, 2022

To celebrate finishing writing Love Test and Anchor of Gold, I took a little road trip.

Beach photo of Monterey, California by Holly Manno
Vacation Inspiration on the Pacific

“Not-cute meet-cute.”

In late January, I decided to take a road trip. I'd been wanting to do it for longer than I could remember and this particular spot was important for me to visit for two reasons. I adore the California coast and it makes me feel at home to see it. As well, there is a special hotel in this little town, where dogs are treated like royalty. My sweetest pup is aging and I'd always wanted to take her. Besides, I had things to celebrate. I'd written two books and both were with my editor. For the moment, my hands were tied on those projects. Now was the time to consider my next move. I thought a change of scenery might give me the inspiration I needed.

Beware the old adage, be careful what you wish for. The new woman arrives in town. Within minutes a meet-cute with the local Tom Cat ensues. Perfect material, right? Wrong! That's when the fireworks happen. It's a conflict, not a romance.

The glorious bit between the meet-cute and where we derailed was productive and nourishing, as were the 24 hours of windshield time. I found the title and hook for my next work and a few other scenes or portions of the story came to me while I visited that mild, picturesque town.

The explosive finale of my time there-though blurry and shocking-will make the cut at some point. In the meantime, I'm grateful to have met a man with three names. There is always a villain and he must be named.

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