Once I had the idea and two main characters, the rest of the story flowed pretty well. I wrote it as my 2015 Nanowrimo novel, managing to complete the first draft of 53,000 words in 15 days of writing. For me, this shows how important it is to have a strong idea of the main characters and the main conflict they’re trying to overcome in the story. Once I had that clear – both men did not date men – yet they were both sexually and emotionally attracted to each other – the rest flowed pretty easily.
Yes, it needed a good self-edit and of course the publisher did a great edit with me too, but the basic story, the portrayal of the characters, settings etc, is all just as it was in the first draft. I didn’t need to cut out big chunks, move stuff around, or anything like that.
Don’t get me wrong, writing any book is hard. I mean it’s certainly harder than sitting watching TV! When I have the characters, their voices, and conflict clear it’s like I am watching a film in my head when I sit to write and I am just typing up what I see in my head – what I hear the characters saying, doing to each other. It’s pretty magical.
I Should Be So Lucky by Liam Livings
Julian is a flamboyant backing dancer for Australian pop princess, Sallie. He loves touring with Sallie as it means he has gentlemen friends for the night in every European city. Backrooms in Berlin, cruisy bars in Barcelona, Julian’s enjoyed it all. And if he doesn’t pull while he’s on tour, he ends up in bed with best friend and fellow dancer, Bjorn.
Troy, a quiet, gruff St John Ambulance volunteer, and gardener at a stately home in Essex, has just split up from his third supposedly serious girlfriend in the last few years. He doesn’t understand why he can’t make relationships last. A failed serial monogamist, he’s obviously doing something wrong.
One night, at a Sallie concert, an enormous glitter ball falls and concusses Julian. In the recovery room, as Troy is seeing to Julian’s vital signs, the dancer feels a spark. Julian doesn't do relationships so he dismisses it as simply lust. Troy finds himself drawn to the confident chatty performer, wanting to get to know him better…
Can Troy put aside his preconceptions to discover who he really is and how he feels about Julian?
Can Julian face his biggest fear of being emotionally vulnerable with a man; with Troy?
Can Julian and Troy, who’ve never had a relationship with a man, find out if they were lucky enough to have met the only man they should be with? I should be so lucky—they both think…
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