When I started writing Liv's part of The Inconvenient Laws Of Attraction I knew she was a tough talking lawyer, but in the early days I thought she was still trying to prove herself in her workplace and saw her latest assignment as a way of moving up the food chain. When I was shaking things up to try and get writing again I re-cast her with this picture of Charlize Theron (she originally looked more like Reese Witherspoon) and started shaking things up in other ways.
Somewhere during various versions of a partial what I now refer to as the conspiracy part of the story was dropped, so Liv needed more thought. Then along came the change of lines with Riva and what was meant to be a Modern Heat story needed even more shaking up. As a result Liv became a lawyer who had already proved her worth, adding to her confidence and as usual the question once again became why she wouldn't want to get involved with such a hot guy. The fact he was her client was the obvious answer but it needed to go deeper than that, hence a re-think of her back-story.
After talking to my brand new editor we decided focussing on Liv's former career was a good place to start. In the original version I had her follow a career as a lawyer to remain close to the law since she came from a family of cops. In the new version she had been a cop, but only for a short period of time and ultimately the question of what had happened to make her change careers proved the key to her conflict with Blake. Even better, it lead me to the beginning of the mini-series I keep talking about...
The moment Liv's eldest brother Johnnie appeared on the page and I discovered all of her brothers ran background checks on every guy they saw her with a whole new world opened up to me. Unfortunately from the point of view of linked stories Johnnie was married but since he was one of four brothers my imagination started working overtime. Three NYPD cop brothers to play with; who can blame my muse for rubbing her hands with glee?
While The Inconvenient Laws Of Attraction was an uphill writing struggle during one of the most testing periods of my personal life the follow up story, New York's Finest Rebel, was an absolute joy. Featuring Liv's best friend Jo and Danny, the youngest of the Brannigan brothers, it picks up shortly after the finish of The Inconvenient Laws Of Attraction. There is even a glimpse of the plans for Liv and Blake's wedding and an appearance or two by the happy couple so if you enjoyed their story hopefully you'll come back for more. As a little taster I'll come back next week with some pics and a little background on Danny and Jo's story.
In the meantime, I'll be dropping into my old stomping ground The Pink Heart Society for a little visit tomorrow to hand on some tips I picked up while fighting my way back to writing. Drop by to say 'hi' and you can win a signed copy of Liv and Blake's story.
Can I just mention how difficult it is to type with a cat lying across your chest? Random but true.