I’m done writing the Sizzle & Burn series. *sigh. It was a great ride. A great, great ride. I hope you enjoyed reading the three books in the series as much as I enjoyed writing them. Greyson, Roman or Orion? Who was my favorite virtual boyfriend? I’m not sure. Can’t I have them all? But I will admit that I loved writing Orion the most just because I’ve never written an Asian man as the lead. He was… an adventure.
Vina wasn’t too bad either. She comes off as this strong woman when people see her on the outside but they don’t know the double-life she’s leading. What was I thinking when I wrote The Love Contract? Read on…
1. OF COURSE IT WAS INSPIRED BY KDRAMAS
Duh! If you follow me on social media or read my newsletters then you probably already know this. Kdramas are life! Every time I finish a book, I take a week to binge watch kdramas. I watch them all from romantic comedies to crime thrillers. Sometimes, I even think that I might have some latent Korean genes. lol. The reason I’m so into them is because unlike Western series, they don’t drag you through season after season of angst and drama. 16-24 episodes and they’re done… Next!
2. IT TOOK THE LEAST TIME TO WRITE
One month. That’s how long it took me to write it. Though I put it on a two-month pre-order, I spent the first month in Procrastinator City just trying to get my head in the game. But once I was in, man, my fingers were just flying over the keyboard. I think it’s because I really enjoyed writing Orion and Vina, plus Vina’s family kept pissing me off so I kept coming back to the manuscript just so I could glare at her dad.
3. DAD’S LIKE MIN-KYU EXIST
Yes! Yes, there are. Min-kyu is based on a high-school friend’s dad. The daughters’ used to call him Saddam just because he was such a terrorist. Those daughters were also the most rebellious teenagers I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Lesson: If the leash on your kids is too tight, be careful. They might end up biting you.
4. NA-RI WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE GOLD-DIGGING PARENT
You remember Na-ri (Vina’s mother) and Doo-shim (Vina’s grandmother), right? Initially, Doo-shim was only going to be a nagging mother-in-law and indulgent grandmother. Na-ri was supposed to be the one pushing Vina to get a wealthy husband just so that she could have something to hold on to in case her husband turned out to be as bad as Min-kyu. However, as I was writing the two just somehow evolved. Somehow, Na-ri lost her backbone and Doo-shim became witchy. What can I say? These characters have their own mind.
5. DO’S ‘WE’RE IN HEAVEN’ WAS ON REPLAY
2002 is a long time ago, but I still remember ‘We’re in Heaven’. Do’s voice was just so haunting and when I listen to her version of the song, what I can say… romance. Just check out these lyrics.
Oh, once in your life you find someone
Who will turn your world around
Bring you up when you’re feeling down
Yeah, nothing could change what you mean to me
Oh, there’s lots that I could say
But just hold me now
Cause our love will light the way
How is that not romantic? Ms. Dominique kept me company most of the time when I was writing The Love Contract.
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