Writing the Story

Here are 3 fun facts about writing the story.


PerfectlyPlannedFlat2_850When I thought about writing the third book in the Perfectly Series, I wanted to have a main female character who was different from Mikaela and Margo. They were both a little more serious in their roles as physicians. I wanted Chloe to have a different voice, so she needed a different personality. She was really fun to write – she’s a little bit crazy but has a heart of gold. As I wrote the story, I found myself asking, “Now how would Chloe say that?”


Chloe has a tendency to operate just on the other side of the law so I thought it would be fun to pair her up with Rip – a Staff Sergeant with the police force. I didn’t know a lot about the life of a police officer so that took a bit of research. Actually it made me appreciate how easy it was for me to write about doctors – knowing the lingo, the habits, how they approach problems. Luckily, I have a connection with a newly retired police officer and he was very patient about answering my questions. Because not only did I quiz him on how the team worked, but all the other stuff that makes a character believable – like nicknames, clothing and equipment, what does the office look like, do they hang out with each other outside of work – it’s the small details that make the character real.



Photo Rip's blue MiataIn the story, Chloe borrows a blue Mazda Miata convertible (and loves driving it). Around the time I was working on the final round of edits on the story in late October, I came out of the grocery store and you’ll never guess what was parked beside my car. Yes, a blue Mazda Miata convertible!! I couldn’t believe it – I don’t think I’d ever seen one. I’m sure the other people in the parking lot were wondering why I was grinning and snapping pictures. 😀



She’s got it all Perfectly Planned . . .

PerfectlyPlannedFlat2_850Chloe Keay is on the hunt for the perfect sperm donor, but who knew it would be this hard? So many things to consider in a father – sure height and hair color are important, but what about the real issues. How does he feel about bagpipe music? Does he buy the extended warranty? Skittles or M&Ms? She doesn’t want an average Joe. She’s narrowed it down to two candidates and has the perfect plan to pick the heir and the spare.

Staff Sergeant Rip Logan, head of the elite Tactics and Rescue Unit, has a gut feeling that Chloe Keay is trouble. She’s a sexy little spark plug who radiates innocence, but it doesn’t jibe with her suspicious behavior and probing questions. The fact that he’s attracted irritates him. What exactly is she after? And should he go with his gut or follow his heart?

Planning for love – what could possibly go wrong?

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