2011 has been a horrible year. Sometimes I feel I could watch the news and cry each night.
Life is complicated, difficult, precarious. But it’s also joyous, creative and precious.
Since I learned to read, I’ve always demanded of books that they have a happy ending. I can’t force real life to provide one, but I believe fiction has a role in re-affirming the triumph of good over evil, love over treachery, hope over violence. I am a signed-up, card-carrying member of the Happy Ever After club. If the story doesn’t end with a HEA, I demand to see the editor!
So romance novels are among my favourite reads (along with cosy mysteries and fantasies). I don’t consider them escapist fare. To me, they are celebrations of life and love, of the power of ordinary people to change their lives and the world.
When I sit down to write I know I want to share a love story of courage and hope. The problem is my characters keep digging themselves into situations where hope seems a very distant star. Then it’s time for me as author to roll up my sleeves, flex my fingers and start typing, demanding of my characters that they face their fears, acknowledge their desires and decide what (or who) is worth sacrificing everything for.
In Three Wishes, the setting is Syria. I wrote the story before the Middle East went up in flames, but the region has been smouldering for generations. No story set in such an ancient land could ever be anything but complicated. It has known Roman armies, Phoenician traders, Crusaders and fading empires, blood, violence, courage and love.
Creating a happy ending out of unpromising material is what humans do best — with courage, compassion, self-sacrifice and honour. With love. Celebrating that passion is the role of storytellers!
She is the Bringer of Death
Cali, a djinni, has sworn to twist the wishes of humans so they die by their own greed and evil. Her latest master is arms dealer David Saqr, a man Cali believes deserves the fate she has in store for him. But this time she finds herself up against Andrew, David’s guardian angel.
He is a Protector of Life
Andrew believes David can yet find redemption. He fights Cali for the man’s life, even as he tries to persuade her to give in to the sizzling attraction between them. He shows Cali another side of David, and invites her to trust again, to hope. But centuries of being enslaved have hardened Cali’s heart–it’s going to take all of Andrew’s love to convince her to open it and let him in.