The Truth About the Other Guy is my contribution to the new short story anthology from the Romantic Novelists Association – Truly, Madly, Deeply. To celebrate launch day, we’re having a party on Facebook, you’re more than welcome to join! A few contributors are blogging about the inspiration behind their stories.
The hero, Vik is a secondary character in my novel Doctor January. He’s sweet, shy and is the type of guy who would find a practical joke funny, up to a point. When I needed a hero for a short story, he was right there, waiting. But what kind of woman would be his perfect match?
Vik’s Sri Lankan background is barely mentioned in Doctor January, but it’s an important part of who he is, so I thought I’d embrace that side of him. As there’s only room for one point of view in a short story, I thought I’d write it from the heroine’s point of view. Aasha is young, heart broken and rebellious. She’s the sort of girl who would wear Doc Martens with a sari. Her mother thinks she knows exactly the sort of man she needs. Of course, she doesn’t know the real Aasha at all.
The Truth About the Other Guy is in the print and digital editions of Truly, Madly, Deeply. I’m thrilled, I mean truly, madly, thrilled, to be in an anthology alongside the greats like Katie Fforde, Adele Parks and Carole Matthews. Five years ago, when the first anthology came out, I read it and discovered a number of great new writers. I’m looking forward to reading my copy of the new anthology to find new writers (or new to me, anyway) again.
Truly, Madly, Deeply is released today. You can win a copy by entering the Rafflecopter draw (which runs until tomorrow morning). If you don’t win, you can always buy a copy from all the usual outlets.
I hope you enjoy it.