Sometimes I worry about my characters. Actually, I spend a lot of time worrying about my characters. How can I not? I torture them for at least three-fourths of the pages in a book before giving them their happy ever after. In my Off The Wall Proposals series with Entangled, all of the books have the heroines name in the title, so I worry that my heroes feel slighted. I asked Jack, the hero in THE ATTRACTION OF ADELINE, if he feels slighted, and here is his answer:
Me: “Jack, I’m sure you’ve noticed that Adeline’s name is mentioned in the title, but yours isn’t. How does that make you feel?
Jack: “Are you kidding? With a unique name like Adeline, she needs the extra lime-light to be remembered. But my name is famous. JACK. I have like the best name ever for a hero.”
Me: “Really? How do you figure?”
Jack: “Have you not done your research? Jack is a famous name to give heroes. For instance: Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. Jack Ryan in Clear and Present Danger. Jack Shephard in Lost. Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack Dawson in Titanic. Jack Stanfield in Firewall. Jack Torrance in The Shining. And that’s just a few.”
Me: “Wow. I had no idea. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised you’ve done the research into your name. That’s something your character would do.”
Jack: “I did more than research famous Jacks, I researched the actors who played famous Jacks. Did you know that: Jack Nicholson, Steven Seagal, Harrison Ford, Leonardo DiCaprio, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Douglas, Keanu Reeves, Matthew Fox, Keifer Sutherland, and Johnny Depp have all played the part of a famous Jack in movies and television shows?”
Me: “Nope. Didn’t know that. Why did you research the actors who played Jacks?”
Jack: “You know, in case THE ATTRACTION OF ADELINE becomes a Hallmark Channel movie, I wanted to be on top of all of my options on who should play me?”
Me: “Oooh, I would love for your and Adeline’s story to be a Hallmark Movie. That’s one of my favorite channels. Which actor did you decide on?”
Jack: “I wasn’t sure, so I asked Adeline. She thought we should go with someone fresh to play me. Someone hunky and cute and smart and funny.”
Me: “You left out nerdy.”
Jack: “Nerdy! Who are you calling nerdy?”
Me: “You are just a little bit nerdy, but in a very sexy way that women love.”
Jack: “Well, when you put it that way. Okay. Adeline’s supposed to be making me a list. You know her and her lists.”
Me: “Oh, I know. She’ll laminate it and everything. Maybe while we wait for her list, some of the readers could reply and give us an idea of who they think should play you in a future movie.”
Jack: “That’s a great idea. I can’t wait to see who they come up with.”
Who do you think could play the perfect Jack if THE ATTRACTION OF ADELINE hit the big screen? Convince me your actor is the best person to play Jack and you’ll win a $10 Amazon gift card.
The Proposal: Adeline Rigby will live with Accountant Jack Foster and pretend to be his fake fiancée for one month in order for him to seal a promotion to partner. In return, Accountant Jack Foster will intimately tutor Adeline Rigby in French before she leaves for Paris where she will fulfill her dream of attending Le Cordon Bleu.
1. Maintain distance. Three get-to-know-you dates before announcing their engagement will be tempting enough.
2. No kissing. Okay, fine. Three kisses. Maybe four. And neck kisses don’t count.
3. No touchy feely stuff. Or at least not too many public displays of touchy-feely stuff.
4. No sex.
5. All right, all right. One night of sex in order to be a believable engaged couple.
6. Two nights of mind-blowing sex to make sure first night wasn’t a fluke.
7. Absolutely, positively, no falling in love.
Romance Contemporary [Entangled Lovestruck, On Sale: April 10, 2017, e-Book, ISBN: 9781544692364 / eISBN: 9781633759503]
About Lisa Wells
Lisa Wells always knew there would come a time in her life when she’d pursue her dream career as a romance author. This is that time. Before this moment, she’s enjoyed a rollercoaster journey called – The Middle School Counselor – Dramas, Dreams, and Destinies.
After many years of working with teenage girls, she knows when one comes in baffled because another girl hates her, the first question to ask is – “”Did you steal her boyfriend?”” Nine times out of ten the answer is some form of, “”Yes but….””
While Lisa enjoys working with adolescents, she writes for adults. Her books contain: Sex, Scowls & Sass.