• Claerie Kavanaugh

Sneak Peak Saturday: Part 4!

Welcome back to Sneak Peak Saturday! For those of you who are new here, we are ONE MONTH from the release of my debut queer romance, Duet Rubato. To celebrate, every Saturday, I'll post a behind the scenes tidbit: a piece of artwork, some trivia, a favorite quote, something about the process for writing this book, and everything in between! Last week, I introduced GRAYSON and told you guys about his origin.

A Bit About My Character Art: A few months ago, I decided I wanted character art commissioned for this book, much like Kim Chance did for her book, Keeper. For this set of drawings, I actually hired two artists. Ricky, from Fiverr, who also did my logo, and Starr, from Twitter, who made a special, limited edition piece of heart which will go on swag given out to my street team. Click the link to join!

And now, without further ado, I'd like you all to meet: GINA!

GINA HELMSWORTH (The Director) Gina Helmsworth is one of the most prestigious director’s from Manhattan. What her esteemed, big-city colleagues don’t know, however, is that she grew up in Boston and first fell in love with the performing arts thanks Bright Light Theater. That, even though she is no longer a full-time Boston resident, she’s been following Bright Light religiously. When she finds out there’s talk of mine city council to hear the historic theater down due to a lack of ticket sales, she returns to her roots with every intention of saving the place she considered a second home as a child.

Bonus Trivia: Inspiration For Helmsworth

Gina was so much fun to write. A large part of her personality was based on a drama teacher I had in high school. Everybody was afraid of her and she was known as the bitch of the theater department but man, did she know how to put on a good show. In spite of her reputation, she still remains one of my favorite teachers I’ve ever had. She might not have been the most warm and fuzzy person on the planet, but she knew how to get the best out of her student and she wanted us to strive for greatness even though we were still very young. I admired her determination and passion for what she did and I worked really hard to make sure that element of her personality come through in Gina as well.

Question of the Week: Have you ever based a character on someone you know in real life?

Until next time, keep making magic, word weavers!

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