Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rachel Leigh Talks About Lost Love

My guest today is Rachel Leigh. Rachel lives in the UK and has been married to her own sexy hero for thirteen years. With two novellas contracted with The Wild Rose Press, Rachel is busy writing her third which involves a pro-bono lawyer and a chef, set in Greece.
And now, here’s Rachel…

Lost love is something we have all experienced at some time or another.

It may not have been a great love affair but at sometime we all feel that rejection or loss of knowing that someone we potentially could have loved has now gone. Maybe it was you who ended the relationship because you could see no future, or the involvement with that person would have been detrimental to someone else you love or even to yourself.
When I started writing “Coming Back”, it began with hearing a piece of dialogue from the heroine, Kelly Hampton, in my head. The line of dialogue had nothing to do with lost love but I immediately knew that would be the story’s theme.

The line of dialogue was, “From now on I am going celibate.”

Hmm… what made her think/say this? Where did such a decision come from? As I write erotic romance, this thought needed to have some connection to love, hurt, pain or a feeling of something loss with little chance of rediscovery. Why? So I could write Kelly’s Happy Ever After, of course ;)
Once I started writing “Coming Back” the story flowed fairly easily because I tapped into my own feelings of lost love and what I would do if that person suddenly reappeared in my life.

At this point, I should stress I am glad I finished the relationship in question having been happily married to my sexy hero for the last thirteen years! ;)

As writers we need to delve deep and really remember the emotions we have felt in the past and present in order to make our characters real and even better, memorable. So when Kelly puts up the shield against her returning lost love, Sean Mackenzie, I filled every part of me with the same shock, hurt, desire and love I might feel if I was thrown into the same position. Especially because, in Kelly’s case, that lost love didn’t betray her, physically hurt her or even lie to her – he just disappeared.

You can be angry when someone walks out without as much as a goodbye, but what if they come back and beg you to listen to the reason why? Wouldn’t you want to know??

“Coming Back” is Rachel’s latest release and it is available right now from The Wild Rose Press. Here’s the blurb:

Kelly Hampton loved once...and lost. After two years of looking for Sean MacKenzie in other men--and failing miserably--she takes a vow of celibacy. No sex until she finds love. Then Sean strolls back into her bar, reigniting old flames. No one has come close to understanding or satisfying her like he did. Her body burns for the passion they once shared, but her heart still remembers the pain.

Sean escaped Jessop Hill and his father's fists in the middle of the night without a word--even to his love, Kelly--to protect his battered mother, but he never forgot the explosively erotic relationship he left behind. Now his father is dead and Sean is back for the only woman he's ever wanted. Their reunion is full of fire – but can sexual attraction and noble intentions overcome years of heartache or will Kelly walk away to protect her heart this time. 

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Honey Bee said...

What an interesting blog Rachel. I always enjoy a book more, when the author has used real life experiences.

Calisa Rhose said...

Hi Rachel. Is this book released already? I'm adding it to my towering stack if it is. It makes me think of one instance in my life that didn't turn out as I hoped it would, but it turned out even better than I thought it could. Wonderful post.

As usual, great blog Gale!

Rachel Leigh - Erotic Romance said...

Thanks so much for stopping by lovely ladies! Really glad you enjoyed the post. I wanted to be honest about the emotion behind the story. I genuinely felt Kelly's pain.
Yes, Calisa, Coming Back is out now - thank you!

R x

Harlie Williams said...

Hi Rachel! Congratulations on the release. :)

Harlie Williams said...

I really need to buy this book, too.

Rachel Leigh - Erotic Romance said...

Hello my lovely friend, Harlie Reader! Glad you 'need' to add Coming Back to your toppling pile.

Hope you're well!

R x