HerStoryCalls authors have agreed to share with you our journey as we write a novella in month starting July 1st. Mine will probably be two months based on my travel/work/school schedule, but I’m going to try very hard to get er’ done on time.
My goal – 30,000 words with a beginning, middle, and end, by July 31, 2012 – (Realistically with a vacation and double school schedule August 30, 2012)
The Genre: Contemporary romance
My Hero: Gavin Hawkins – age 33 – He has a bitter and sketchy past. His mother was murdered by the mob when he was a teenager. Her death and lifestyle have inspired him to lead a more law-abiding, quiet, and happy existence. The past however, won’t leave him alone. He finished college with a degree in floriculture, was hired by Comstock farms, and is currently crossbreeding the perfect red rose. He loves his work and knows there will be great rewards if his project pays off. Love and women are things he avoids and has a rather jaded, untrusting view on the whole matter.
My Heroine: Daphne Nelson – age 31 – Was a lost and terrified pregnant teen aged runaway. At a shelter in Denver she met world renowned artist, Paige Davenport and found home for the first time in her life. She and her daughter grew to love Paige as if she was her own mother and formed an unbreakable bond with one of the most fascinating women she’d ever met. As executor of her will and estate, she has been trusted with the heavy task of bringing Paige’s long lost grandson home. It will be a fight, tooth and nail, but she will bring Gavin Hawkins home to his grandmother, even for a few days. Now an paid artist in her own right she can help but paint red roses into each piece.
The plot: It will be a story of discovery. Both people, similar in backgrounds, who are driven together by the past of just one woman. Gavin is tempted home with a photograph. With Daphne and her daughter helping him, he finds his past is even more twisted than he thought. He learns about his grandmother and the lengths she went to find him, but also touched other lives in her journey. Ultimately it’s the family relationship he builds with Daphne and her daughter that breaks his distrust and shows him a life filled with love.
That’s all I got for today. Until next week -