I'm not much of a romantic person. I think too much. I listen to my head more than my heart. At least, when it comes to men. In my family, we weren't encouraged to get married. Both of my grandfathers left something to be desired as husbands. They were awesome and fun to us, treating us to ice cream cones and stopping at candy shops, but they didn't prove to be reliable mates. One was a truck driver and the other worked for the railroad. They hightailed it out of town when the going got rough. My dad was solid as a rock, but my grandmothers considered him an exception. My mom's sister divorced when divorces weren't common, and my dad's sister, Jane, married an alcoholic. No one could decide if his sister Pauline married well or not.
Anyway, romance and marriage were iffy propositions in my family. So when I sat at a keyboard and got to play matchmaker, I was a little worried. But then I realized, I could create any kind of perfect man that appealed to me at the time. And I found that a huge variety of men got my vote.
In COOKING UP TROUBLE, I wanted to keep the story light-hearted, so Ian is easy-going. He charms his way into Tessa's heart. In OPPOSITES DISTRACT, I wanted someone who was a kind-hearted, always-there-for-you grump. Some of my favorite people have barks that are worse than their bites. They fuss and grumble, but always come through for you. That's Brody.
I wanted each guy--romantic interest-- to be different. And I ended up falling in love with each of them. What does that say about me? Am I fickle? I'm not sure, but each hero makes a good match for the heroine of that book. And that's fun to watch and write. Matchmaking is more gratifying than I ever expected it to be.