I’ve always loved the marriage of convenience trope. Sometimes more in theory than in practice, but it’s persevered as a guilty pleasure nonetheless. And yet I’d never attempted to write one before To Love and To Cherish.
One thing that was important to me when I decided to take it on was that I didn’t want there to be a contrived reason for the marriage. There would be no billion dollar inheritances on the line if a marriage didn’t happen. I also wanted a contemporary setting, so other standard reasons for an arranged marriage were out the window.
I wanted this story to truly be for the men’s convenience — because they wanted the benefits that go with a marriage even though they didn’t believe in love. I wanted them to take a completely analytical approach to the arrangement.
Just for fun, I threw in a few more favorite themes … gay virgin, unrequited love, and doctor/nurse. Then I really got on a roll and hurt/comfort and memory loss ended up taking center stage.
Poor Nash. He gets put through the wringer in this story, but I think I managed to inject a fair amount of humor into his situations, too.
As a bonus for fans of ‘Til Death Do Us Part, you’ll be happy to know that those characters are revisited as part of Nash’s search for closure regarding his broken engagement to Sam and the drama surrounding it.
I’m not sure what I’ll write about next. Most of my favorite tropes were rolled into this one fun story. I’ve started tinkering with another contemporary story, and I’m also thinking of venturing out of my comfort zone so I can write one of my all-time favorite themes … time travel. What do you think, should I also consider a sequel to To Love and To Cherish?
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