Take it away, Elizabeth!
Thanks for having me over Angela!
When I was writing Defying Reason, I had a hard time putting my finger on Jo, the heroine.
She was a sort of vague wishy/washy character.
Then one day, I was telling my boys the story of rocker, Tom Petty.
Tom Petty took on the record industry over their unfair treatment of artists. Record companies would give artists advances and then make them "earn out" that money. By the time they paid back the costs of promotion, recording time, etc., the artists could sell millions of copies and still be broke. So, Petty broke his contract by refusing to deliver his next album. Then he paid $500,000 of his own money and recorded that album himself.
That $500,000 put him deep in debt, so then he declared bankruptcy. But he was a free!
Story goes the record companies were furious. They'd have loved nothing more than to tell Petty to take his music and shove it. But Petty didn't care. He was ready to sell his new album out of the trunk of his car before he'd accept their unfair terms.
The record companies knew he meant it. They knew he'd be as happy playing clubs as he would Madison Square Garden. So, they offered him a better contract...which included the assurance that his records would be sold at an affordable price.
Anyhow, my kids, being the youngsters that they are, had no clue who Tom Petty was or what his songs sounded like, so I downloaded a few...and while listening...suddenly...there was Jo.
She was an American girl. Though she was born to a flaky single mom and raised in poverty, Jo still had hope. She still believed that hard work and diligence made dreams come true.
She was raised on peanut butter and promises. And she deserved a happily ever after!
Jo Leigh Harper comes from a long line of trouble-making, white trash stock.
Tanner Coulter comes from a longer line of wealth-creating, blue blood stock.
Jo graduated college top of her class, moving toward a future full of possibilities.
Tanner dropped out of college, trading a law degree for drinking games and one night stands.
A family crisis throws the rich party boy and the poor genius girl together. The attraction is immediate, though neither one is a heart-in-the-sand-drawing believer in true love. But as the summer sun heats up along the shores of the Outer Banks, so does the connection between them. Maybe, just maybe, they can win at love by defying reason.
Elizabeth is a multi-published author of books for people who are believers in happily-ever- after, true love, and stories with a bit of fun and twists with their plots. The mother of four young men, she tackles laundry daily and is the keeper of the kitchen. She lives along the shores of the Ohio River in West Virginia, but dreams daily of the beach.