No, really, he is! Or at least he might be soon. He was in my town recently looking at a waterfront property for sale. Okay, it’s not right next door to me but it’s walking distance. And he was spotted having coffee at my favorite café!
But there's a downside. What if I ran into Hugh while picking up a quart of milk at the store and I was wearing my baggy track pants? With my hair all frizzy?
I can't take the stress. I may have to move.
Seriously, the whole thing got me thinking about story ideas as I toil on a new set of proposals. (Yes, there is a connection. I'm not just name-dropping.) As I mentioned in a previous blog, the setting for Summerside Stories is a small Australian town eerily similar to the town where I live.
So I imagined going to my editor with this story idea. "Hugh Jackman is living next door to the heroine, see..." (I am, of course, conveniently ignoring the fact that Hugh has a much-loved wife and two kids).
"No, Joan," Victoria would undoubtedly say. "Wouldn't work. It's not realistic enough for SuperRomance."
"Why not?” I whine. “Hugh's a real person. He's Australian. He has to live somewhere. Why not in Summerside? Why not next door to my heroine?"
Okay, by now Jackman's wife and kids are getting in the way of my fantasy. I'm not a home wrecker. And of course we can’t write about real people. We might get sued.
More than that, our stories need to feel real. The characters should be accessible, like people you might actually get to know in real life. That realistic journey toward a mature and lasting love is why we love writing--and reading--SuperRomance.
TWO AGAINST THE ODDS, the third book in my Summerside trilogy, is about an older heroine and a younger hero. She desperately wants a baby because her biological clock is ticking. He has plans, things he wants to do with his life. By the time he would be ready to settle down, she would be too old to have a baby. Things don’t turn out as the couple expect--as often happens in real life. This hero and heroine had to work hard to get to their happy ending.
So what does all this have to do with Hugh Jackman? Hugh’s wife, lovely Aussie actress Deborra-Lee Furness, is 13 years older than Hugh. And by all accounts they are still madly in love. My heroine in TWO AGAINST THE ODDS is 12 years older than the hero. Howzat for a coincidence!!! J
I had a little fantasy yesterday while I was grocery shopping, of reaching for a melon and hearing the clash of steel as Wolverine's claws shoot out and a gravely voice says, "Would you like me to slice that for you?"
It could happen. If Hugh Jackman moves to my town.
Since that flurry of excitement a month ago I haven’t heard whether he bought the house on the cliff overlooking the bay (On the same road that Brett, the hero of IN HIS GOOD HANDS lived on!). But if I see Hugh at the supermarket in his baggy track pants I’ll keep you posted.
I’m giving away three copies of TWO AGAINST THE ODDS, the third book in the Summerside trilogy. These books stand alone with a subplot that runs through them. Comment for a chance to win.
Have you had a close encounter with a celebrity? Any thoughts on older woman/younger man relationships? Personally, I’m all for them, although I don’t like the term ‘cougar.’ As my heroine says, “It sounds so predatory.”
For more information on the Summerside Stories, go to www.joankilby.com