Love, in Writing
by Elsa Winckler
A hardcore Science Fiction writer and a softhearted romance novelist clash on the sunny South African coast...
Margaret Parker is a hopeless romantic whose fantasies fuel her writing. For Graham Connelly, science fiction is the perfect genre to express his cynical worldview. A chance meeting in a lift leaves them both interested and aroused — with no clue as to the other's identity.
Margaret has been looking for a face to match her new fictional hero — and Graham's is it. Graham has been looking for proof that innocence and optimism still exist — and he's found it in Margaret. But fantasy isn't reality, and both Margaret and Graham are used to controlling their fictional worlds. Can they step off the pages long enough to find their own happy-ever-after?
Margaret gaped. His mouth was moving but it took a few minutes for her befuddled brain to process what he was saying. She was fascinated by his face, the movement of his lips, the taut skin of his cheeks. Her eyes couldn’t move away from him. He was really beautiful. What was he saying? Gradually, his questions penetrated her brain.
“What… Who are you? You must be mistaken. I was at a par—”
He nodded and put his hands into his pockets. “Is this how you’re going to play it? You’re going to pretend you don’t know who I am?” He was smiling, but it wasn’t a nice smile.
She had no idea what the man was talking about. All she knew was she had to get out of the elevator, and fast.
Margaret swallowed and shook her head. Breathing had become so difficult and for a minute, she worried she might faint. He was standing right in front of the door and she started to squeeze past him so she could get out as soon as the elevator stopped. He turned with her, his eyes never leaving hers.
“Like I said, I don’t mind taking you up to my flat…” His voice dropped to a whisper. “You really do have the most amazing eyes.”
He walked closer, and she stepped back. And still he moved closer. She tried to step farther back, but was blocked by the side panel behind her. Their faces were about two centimeters apart. There were tiny flecks in his eyes. His musky male scent seeped through her entire being. She swallowed. He scowled but she didn’t feel threatened. His gaze dropped and a hiss escaped through his teeth.
Margaret looked down. The top of her lacy, red bra was clearly visible from this angle. Her eyes gaze flew back to his.
Leisurely, his gaze connected with hers again. The sudden flash of desire in his eyes robbed her of the last of her breath. As if in a trance, he lifted his hand and tucked a lock of hair behind her ear. With a look of fierce concentration, he trailed his fingers down her cheek.
His eyes darkened; he cupped her face in his hand. Around them, the air sizzled with strange electricity. He had the palest of blue eyes, she thought. A sound penetrated her befuddled brain. It had come from her throat. His eyes mirrored the confusion she was experiencing. Then, as if stung, he dropped his hand and stepped back.
A Word With the Author
1.Did you always want to be an author?
While juggling motherhood, work, being a wife and daughter, I never really thought about it. It was only after our kids left home that I finally sat down to write down the stories the voices in my head were telling me to write
2.Tell us about the publication of your first book.
Afrikaans is my mother tongue and the very first story I wrote was in Afrikaans. I entered and won a competition and the prize was the publication of this story. So I thought I’d try my hand writing an English romance – I’ve read thousands of Mills & Boon, surely someone will love my story. About thirty rejections later, I realized it is a totally different ball game. But someone eventually liked my story, it was published but the publisher closed down after a few months and I was back to square one. I didn’t give up hope though!
3.Besides yourself, who is your favorite author in the genre you write in?
Nora Roberts. I’m a huge fan and I love the romances she writes.
4.What's the best part of being an author? The worst?
The best part is that I get to make up stories about love and hope and happy endings. The worst is trying to find a publisher. I’m too much of a wimp to try it on my own!
5.What are you working on now?
I’m writing the 3rd installment in a series set in the fictional town of Alisson, Montana. The first one will be published in December 2021.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Elsa has been reading love stories for as long as she can remember and when she ‘met’ the classic authors like Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Henry James The Brontë sisters, etc. during her English Honours studies, she was hooked for life.
She married her college boyfriend and soul mate and after 45 years, 3 interesting and wonderful children and 4 beautiful grandchildren, they are now fortunate to live in the picturesque little seaside village of Betty's Bay, South Africa.
She likes the heroines in her stories to be beautiful, feisty, independent and headstrong. And the heroes must be strong but possess a generous amount of sensitivity. They are of course, also gorgeous! Her stories typically incorporate the family background of the characters to better understand where they come from and who they are when we meet them in the story.
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