A couple of years ago I took a break from Superromance to write GENTLEMEN PREFER NERDS, a ‘caper’ story and romantic comedy. It’s about a meek, nerdy gemologist named Maddie, a jewel thief known as The Chameleon, and an mysterious English aristocrat, Fabian Montgomery, who comes to Maddie’s aid when a fabulous heart-shaped pink diamond is stolen from her aunt’s jewelry shop. (You can read the blurb and an excerpt on my website.)
The story is based on a Cinderella-type fantasy. An ordinary woman is plucked out of her ordinary life by an extraordinary man and taken on the wildest adventure of her life. In the process she’s transformed into the smartest, bravest, sexiest version of herself possible and is thus changed forever. It’s a powerful and delicious fantasy. And I wish it would happen to me! No, no, not really. I’m perfectly content with my life J
In my Superromance books I try to make my characters and situations as realistic as possible--I love writing Supers for those very characteristics. But I also adored writing GENTLEMEN PREFER NERDS as an opportunity to stretch my writing wings with something completely different and just for fun.
I had a riot thinking up outrageous OTT stunts for my characters to get up to. Part of the plot is for science geek Maddie to be turned into a sexy glamazon to seduce the jewel thief and steal the back the pink diamond. Fabian sends her to a ritzy spa to for her make-over. Most women love spas (I know I do!) but not poor Maddie. Still, when Fabian sits up and takes notice of her sexy new look, she decides it was worth the torture.
There are plenty of plot twists, danger and comic intervals but also a strong romance between Maddie and Fabian. They go on an emotional journey as well as an adventure. The story is light-hearted and fun but not ‘fluff’ if you know what I mean.
Helping me with my research was the wonderfully knowledgable gemologist, David Fortier of Tiptopgem.com. David patiently answered my many questions and I spent a lot of time coveting the gems for sale on his site! If you want to know anything about any kind of gemstones, he’s your go-to guy.
Once I’d written this ‘book of my heart’ I couldn’t find a home for it. No agent would take me on, saying there was no market for this kind of book. So when Carina Press opened their virtual doors I submitted unagented and quickly sold the manuscript. My editor Deborah Nemeth and senior editor Angela James have been terrific to work with. I’m hoping readers will prove those agents wrong!
I wrote GENTLEMEN PREFER NERDS intending it to be the first of a five book series, involving the same cast of characters and a different fabulous gemstone each time. That hasn’t eventuated--yet. But it’s still in the back of my mind to write the rest of the books one day.
What is your favorite gemstone? Do you own a piece of jewelry set with it? If you don’t, I’d love for you to tell me about your ultimate fantasy piece of jewelry.