Today I have author Romy Summer on my blog talking about her inspiration for Teresa Adler, the heroine in her latest novel, To Catch a Star. Romy?
Thanks, Miriam :)
Teresa makes a brief appearance in my second Westerwald novel, The Trouble with Mojitos, where we learned that she was the girlfriend (and very nearly fiancée) of Prince Fredrik of Westerwald. Though Kenzie was the star of that book, and Teresa nothing more than a passing reference, she stuck with me.
What kind of cold-hearted woman would be engaged to a prince then let him walk away when he was disinherited?
When I pictured Teresa she looked exactly like Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief, an icy blonde, always calm and sophisticated, from a very privileged background, never fazed by anything. Like Grace Kelly’s character in the movie, Teresa might appear cold and unfeeling, but she wasn’t a bad person and I wanted to understand what made her tick.
So when I was searching for a love interest for Christian Taylor in To Catch a Star, there Teresa was, ready and waiting in the wings and saying “remember me?” in her usual quiet, under-stated way.
While she and Christian are complete opposites (she’s the daughter of the Count of Arelat, descended from a very long line of influential aristocrats, and he’s the bastard, mixed-race kid from a little known Caribbean island who’s made good) they’re actually perfect for each other. He is the fire to her ice.
But how they finally get to the point where they realize that is a journey I hope you’ll join me for in To Catch a Star.
Anyone want to hazard a guess what inspired the book’s title?
Thank you for stopping by, Romy!
Want to know more about Teresa and To Catch a Star? Check it out below!
Title: Westerwald Trilogy #1: To Catch a Star
Author: Romy Summer
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Release Date: September 25, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Multi-/Interracial, Romance
‘A fairy-tale romance to warm even the coldest of hearts.’ - Chloe’s Chick Lit Reviews
Teresa Adler is the ultimate Ice Princess, with a heart as frozen as the winter landscape of her beloved home, Westerwald. All her life, she’s belonged to the ‘inner circle’ of wealth, privilege and position.
Christian Taylor: Heartthrob. Movie Star. Bad Boy. The mischievous actor sets temperatures soaring in the picturesque baroque principality – and with a wicked glint in his eye and a chip on his shoulder he sets his sights on the one thing he’s told he can’t have. Teresa.
While Tessa holds the ultimate clue to the secret of Christian’s parentage, it is the heat of his touch that will make this Ice Princess feel more alive than she ever has before…
I've always written stories for myself but didn't even think of being an author until I realized that being over thirty and living in a fantasy world was a little odd. Writing those same stories for other people makes it a lot more acceptable!
By day I dress in cargo pants and boots for my not-so-glamorous job of making movies but at night I come home to my two little Princesses, and I get to write Happy Ever Afters. Since I believe every girl is a princess, and every princess deserves a happy ending, what could be more perfect?
Though my heart lies in Europe, I'm not too good with the cold, so I live in sunny South Africa.