Cowboys Make Hot Heroes
I recently returned from San Antonio where thousands (yes!) of Romance Writers gathered to conference and celebrate. I would be willing to bet that nearly every one has written or proposed to write a western romance with a hunky cowboy hero. So how could I make Max, my hero in TEXAS SIZZLE, different?
The wacky movie, Something's Got To Give inspired me. It stars the ever-lovin Jack Nicholson, the forever ditzy but lovable Diane Keaton, and the OMG young and quite lovable Keanu Reeves. Be still my heart!
As I watched the movie relationship development, my evil writing muse woke up. She screamed, No-no-no! Let me tear the story apart and rewrite it the right way, the way it should be!
Now I love Jack as much as the next woman but honestly, I was not turned on by his slobbering kisses, his rolling around the bed under a huge white sheet, or his bare butt showing from a hospital gown! No! Not! Ever!
Who in their right mind would reject young, beautiful Keanu for older, wealthy Jack? But wait – I get to write the story I want to read. And I believe it is perfectly fine to love a younger man.
In my contemporary western romance, TEXAS SIZZLE, Kathryn is a sophisticated 40-ish widow who must undergo a considerable attitude adjustment in order to connect with and love the 30-ish cowboy hero, Max. (I love when that happens). As a former football player, he's got a heart as big as Texas and the money to make a difference. She gets to choose between a wonderful older, wealthy man and the much younger Texan who loves her thoroughly and completely. She finds herself in love with Texas. (And so am I!)
What do you think? Are you ever inspired to rewrite books or movies?
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