Series Inspiration – Commitment

Buckle Up Collection 1 by Karen BothaWhy racing as a theme to a romance?

When I started writing, the overriding advice was to write what I know.  My first series was Naked and that’s a romantic suspense series about a massage therapist who meets a guy client. We are left wondering right up until the last page in the book as to whether he’s as perfect as he seems. But, I knew all of that, I’m a massage therapist and a lot of the stories are a creative elaboration on the stories my clients tell me.

When it was time for series two, and I wanted to write a gay romance, I have to admit, I did panic myself into wondering if I was making a huge error. Where is the write what you know there? Other than being a straight woman who can definitely vouch for the benefits of a good male torso, I wasn’t exactly steeped in experience of gay sex, and this book was going to be raunchy, I knew that much.

So, I got down to doing my research which is all well and good, but I needed a theme that was something I didn’t have to think about. And that’s where motor racing comes in.

I spent my formative years living with my dad who loves motor racing. We lived in pubs and every year he’d take off to Silverstone to watch the F1 with a group of guys from the bar, and I wasn’t allowed to go.

“Boys only.” I was told in a strong, rather abrupt Yorkshire accent.

So, that did it.

Me at Silverstone

From then on in, of course I loved motor racing because I wasn’t supposed to, and I also vowed that I would one day attend a race.

Now aged 44, that time is sadly further in the past than I’d like, but my love for motor racing still remains, and so when I decided to write a series on two gorgeous, hunky men, who needed to be set in a masculine environment it didn’t take me long to decide that Elliott Judd would be a racing driver and Kyle Beaumont his hotter than hell mechanic.

I didn’t realize at the time though that I’d be penning a six books series. I can’t believe how well the couple have been received. Sure, I love them, they’re my favorite boys, but it actually means a lot when I read reviews raving about how gorgeous they both are, inside and out. And so I guess, while I did need to do a certain amount of research, what I’ve also learned along the way is that if you’re in love, that’s all we care about, because what’s better than love?

Read about the individual books here.




Series Inspiration – Commitment
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