THE WISH

 

Oh, I had such fun writing this one! It's out next August in the UK, and it's another bonkbuster - in other words, a fairytale for grown ups. It's mostly set in Las Vegas, and it's a tale of greed, glamour and immorality. I was recently interviewed (along with several other authors) for The Independent - the journalist was writing a piece on The Return of The Bonkbuster.

She asked if, in these lean, mean times, people wanted to read about glamorous, immoral millionaires - I said that in Betrayal and The Wish, if any characters managed to be all of the above, they were soundly punished for it! That said, I love a happy ending, and the majority of those in my novels who deserve to find happiness, have a smile on their face by the last page... 

The heroine of The Wish isn't glamorous or a millionaire - she is employed by the Arlington family as a PA. Lulu has a little boy called Joe, and is a single mother. Actually, I didn't set out to make her the heroine. The woman I had in mind for that particular role was Sunshine Rae, a superhost at the Medici Casino. I was halfway through writing the novel when I realised that I didn't actually like Sunshine - she was far too arrogant and pleased with herself. So everything changed!

The hero is Ben Arlington, the adored son of Frank and Sofia Arlington, who as the novel begins, are celebrating the grand opening of The Cat - the most luxurious and opulent casino in Sin City. As the party kicks off, Sofia is called to the surveillance room to observe a cheat. She recognises this person and realises, with horror, that the secrets of her past are about to catch up with her...

With this novel, I wanted to write about the sins of one generation haunting its children... As my mother would say, it's always the parent's fault! And of course, the best bit about writing a novel set in Las Vegas was that I was forced to visit...