As far as their personalities go, I was actually thinking of Beauty and the Beast when I wrote SWEET DREAMS—a smart, plucky lass meets a beast with a heart of gold. All she had to do was love him into finally becoming human again. In fact, all three books in the Dreams Come True series were based on fairy tales. DREAM ON is clearly the Cinderella story. DREAM LOVER is Sleeping Beauty.
When Cassidy tells her parents she’s pregnant (at fifteen), they notify Parker’s parents immediately. His parents do what a lot of people do: they blame Cassidy for “seducing” their son. Few things fire me up more than a sexual double-standard. And I try to make it clear in DREAM ON that Cassidy is not the one to blame here. Parker was predatory right from the start.
Babies are irresistible! See a baby, and you’re guaranteed to spend the next two hours talking your hormones off a ledge. Maggie’s no exception.
She had two kids to raise and no money to raise them. To me, it’s heartbreaking what Jake and Dillon had to go through just to find food for dinner. Poverty is no joke. But it was exactly these kinds of excoriating circumstances that lit a fire in Jake’s belly and drove him to make something of himself.
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