I get asked this question a lot, because everyone expected me to write about one of the twins next, preferably Christian, I think šŸ™‚ (And I didn’t do that either.)

Toward the end of writing Simply Wicked I began to realize that Lord Minshom wasn’t quite as bad as he would like me to believe. And when, by the end of the book, he walks away from Anthony in disgust, I was intrigued. I happened to be in the process of deciding what book to write next and Minshom began to appeal to me as the next hero. But how to make such a hard unappealing character into a man my readers could invest in? I knew it wouldn’t be easy and I wasn’t sure if I was up to the task of doing him justice.

Like most mothers, I spend a lot of my time driving kids around and one day in the car I heard this song.
Raoul And The Kings Of Spain by Tears For Fears

When the seventh son of the seventh son
Comes along and breaks the chain
Raoul, Raoul, Raoul and the kings of Spain
Making it plain, making it sane
To turn this loss into a gain

Raoul, Raoul, Raoul and the kings of Spain
Raoul, Raoul, Raoul and the kings of Spain

Did you know your father was an island
Did you know your mother was the sea
Can we ever hope to seek asylum
From the bounds of fate and family

When the seventh son of the seventh son
Comes along and breaks the chain
Raoul, Raoul, Raoul and the kings of Spain
Making it plain, making it sane
To turn this loss into a gain

Raoul, Raoul, Raoul and the kings of Spain
Raoul, Raoul, Raoul and the kings of Spain

Did you know all mothers come from heaven
Did you know all fathers come from hell
That is why they’re at sixes and sevens
That is why their marriage isn’t well (not well)

And it made me think, especially the line about ‘breaks the chain’ because I realized that Minshom was going to do that. He was going to stop the cycle of abuse that had started before he was even born and continued with his father and his distant deceased mother. The song also, in my mind, referenced his relationship with his own wife. And once I knew that, and knew how hard that was going to be for him, I knew him and I knew how to write the book. šŸ˜‰