I’ve never really considered myself a shoe girl. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m not above ogling a darling pair of Jimmy Choo peep-toes while walking through Nordstrom.
But when it comes to splurging …
Give me a Kate Spade handbag any day. Preferably one that’s big enough to fit my 11-inch MacBook Air so I can look oh-so-glam when I need to write “on the road.”
Which is why I was surprised to find a startling discovery about my newest romance series, The Best Mistake: both books open with a scene about shoes.
In Only With You, a decision over shoes is literally the catalyst for the story (hint: hooker boots are involved!) Which totally wouldn’t be a big deal, except I just recently finished up line-edits for the sequel, Made for You (October 28, 2014). And guess what … the heroine’s boring shoes are the catalyst for her “life makeover.”
I brushed it off as a fluke.
So imagine my surprise when I was going through old-files on my computer and rediscovered the sample chapters I’d written for a potential third book in the series and…Guess what? Shoes are in the very first sentence.
Coincidence? I think not.
Because here’s the thing; The Best Mistake series is my second contemporary romance series. The first? The Stiletto series.
Right?! I swear I can actually hear the Twilight Zone music.
I’ve long been a non-believer in the idea of a “writer’s muse,” ever convinced that my writing takes place solely on a conscious basis.
But maybe I’m wrong.
Since I never made a conscious decision to insert shoes in all of my writing, it must be my subconscious muse at work.
And one thing is increasingly clear: my pesky muse could absolutely give Carrie Bradshaw a run for her money.
So Muse, dearest, if you’re listening … I’ll take a pair of these in a size 9.
Lauren Layne writes contemporary romance for Grand Central Publishing (Forever) and Random House(Loveswept).
After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Lauren moved to New York City where she now writes full time.
Lauren graduated from Santa Clara University with B.S. in Political Science that she has yet to put to good use. She lives with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.
ONLY WITH YOU by Lauren Layne/Grand Central/July 29
Getting mistaken for a prostitute is not part of Sophie Dalton’s life plan. Not that Sophie even has a life plan. She’s perfectly happy being everyone’s favorite party girl. But then a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry, and an uptight businessman gives Sophie a new label: hooker.
Unfortunately, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there. When the same jerk who mistook her for a prostitute shows up as Sophie’s new boss and her perfect sister’s new boyfriend, Sophie’s carefree existence is turned upside down. Grayson Wyatt may have infiltrated family dinners and her professional world, but Sophie’s not about to let a judgmental prude anywhere near her personal life.
As Gray’s icy stares give way to quiet smiles, Sophie realizes that the one man she’s been so desperate to get away from just might be the one she wants to keep around forever.