June 21, 2022

Behind the Scenes: Character Inspiration

I know it’s hard to imagine, but back in the dark ages, I used to be kind of athletic. I was on the swim & diving team, track and field (mostly field), and roller skated every chance I got.

As you can imagine, that played havoc with (read: destroyed) my knees. The surgeon I had back then was something of a maverick. He used revolutionary new techniques, even created a few of his own, and was called to appear at seminars around the world. Who knew that forty years later, I’d use him as the inspiration for Grant Mitchell’s character?

But that was a long time ago, right? Surely, things must have changed since then.

How very right you are, Harry.

As it turns out, I’m not the only one in my family who’s had knee problems. My twin girls – also quite active – have had 3 ACL replacements each in the last ten years. Yep, you read that right. Three. Each. Needless to say, I was able to use that to draw up on for Sofia’s ordeal.

But don’t worry. The medical trauma is really just a tool to get Grant and Sofia together and show you who they are. The real core of their love story is based in them – in their similarities, their complementing differences, and of course, in their big, beautiful, caregiving hearts.

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