This is a guest post by Raven Scott on her inspiration for writing multi-cultural romance novels.
I enjoy writing multi-cultural books because they reflect the landscape of a modern, global society. I also think people are more similar than they are different in all the ways that matter, particularly when it comes to love and emotional connections. Their cultural backgrounds and life history add to the individual uniqueness of the characters, and create relatable depth to a contemporary romance.
The Fortis Series is about three former government agents with elite military training, who also come from different cultural backgrounds. They are best friends and business partners in Fortis, a full-solution security firm. Hard as Ice is the first book in the series, and is about Evan DaCosta, a former CIA agent born and raised in the United States, but of Brazilian descent. In the second book, Hard and Fast, Lucas Johnson is African-American and an ex-Secret Service agent. The third book in the series will feature Samuel Mackenzie, a Scottish-born, ex-British MI5 agent.
When creating a new character, I am most inspired by men and women in my own life who display behavioral or personality traits I admire. I also try to infuse the weaknesses and flaws we all battle with too, so readers can identify with their own struggles.
I’m a big fan of action, suspense and drama, be it in books, movies or television shows. I’m motivated by great writers who create stories that pull you into an intricately woven plot, get you emotionally invested in the characters, and keep you guessing right up until the very end.