by Lesley Davis
I write what I want to read. Being very fantasy minded that has led to my previous stories telling the tales of women possessing special powers, magical witches and friendly ghosts, and my own set of masked vigilantes who keep the cities safe at night. After chasing across the rooftops with my Sentinels in “Truth Behind The Mask” I decided to set myself a challenge; could I write a ‘normal’ romance? Normal in the sense that the characters would exist in the here and now, have ordinary jobs and not one hint of a super power. Out of that challenge “Playing Passion’s Game” was born.
But….my idea of normal might be a little bit different to everyone else’s!
I think it’s a safe wager to make that those who know me are aware that I am a Gamer. Yes, a Gamer with a capital G! It’s mentioned proudly in my bio and I freely admit to worshipping at the temple of Nintendo. When I’m not writing I have some kind of gaming controller or handheld system firmly in my
grasp and I play every and any kind of game available. For this story, I
followed that other old adage when it comes to writing; write what you know. So my newest lead character, Trent, is a gamer. Now, I am aware not
everyone sees the beauty in playing console games so I made sure to concentrate
on the social aspect. After all, gaming online is very much like going out on a
blind date; you have that same giddy nervousness about who you’re going to be
matched up with. The outcome might be a great night had by all or the sad realisation of it not being entirely a match made in heaven! I also made sure that Trent was not your usual stereotypical view of what a gamer is thought to be like. She’s got a job she loves, has a large circle of friends, her life is pretty settled.
As for my other leading lady, Juliet, she was given a role in a business I used to know well. She works for a company like I once did. I’ll use my best Star Wars voice
here – “Before the dark times, before The Recession”. However, she’s seeking more from life than being stuck behind a desk. I was a mortgage associate who ended up watching as my job floundered and died as the recession hit Britain. I’d been there for a very long time. It was devastating and scary to lose what had been a main stay in my life, however unhappy I had been there. So I decided to combine these two halves of my own world into this story. I used the basis of my greatest pleasure (gaming) and one of my worst experiences (redundancy) to bring two women together to weave a tale of romance that I hope readers will enjoy.
I liked proving to myself that yes, I can write a romantic tale without the setting of
fantasy. But I am not giving up that realm any time soon. I love it too much
and still have many stories to tell from it. My next book, “Dark Wings
Descending” out 2012, will attest to that. I love writing about strange and
magical places, populated by people who are a little bit different but fit
those worlds so well. But in the end, what’s most important to me is the
exploration of romance between two women that leads to the happy ever after
experience; no matter what reality they happen to live in.
I’d like to explore this further, but I have a game level I need to get through so if
you’ll excuse me…I’ll just swap keyboard for controller and get back to the
gaming….for now! But be sure to check out the excerpt on the “This Month’s Excerpt” page of the BSB Authors’ blog. Just click on my title.