Wish You Were Here: What’s Up with the Llamas?
I know, I know. I write romance. I should be introducing you to the hero in my debut novel, Wish You Were Here.
But the llamas — Kuzko, Pacha and Banzai — have have always attracted a bit of attention along the way to publication.
The conversation usually goes like this:
Interested person: So what’s your book about?
Me: It’s about a woman who kisses her fiance’s brother five days before the wedding.
IP: Oh … wow.
Me: Exactly. So the question is: Which is the mistake? The wedding? Or the kiss?
(IP nods in agreement.)
Me: The story is set in Colorado . . . and there are also llamas in it.
The kind of silence that means the person doesn’t know if I’m kidding (Should I laugh? Should I not laugh?) or if I’m crazy (Should I back away s-l-o-w-l-y?) or if I’ve hired a hidden camera crew to record their reaction to the llama announcement (Really, where’s the camera?)
So why llamas?
Because of my husband, Rob. Whenever I got to the “I don’t know what to write next” point, Rob always looked at me and suggested aliens.
And I always said, “I do not write novels with aliens.”
And then one day we were driving through Estes Park and he asked “How about llamas?”
And I laughed and said, “Why not?”
People who know me well know that laughter is my favorite sound. And I believe romance must include laughter.
They’re a four-legged version of comic relief.
In Your Words: What’s your favorite romantic moment — real life or fictional — that include laughter? I’d love to hear about it.
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