What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* Erin Cawood is a commercial women's fiction author, with a taste for dramatic storylines and a passion for strong lead characters she really gets behind, cheering on right to the very end of their story. Her focus? Taking romance into the darker, edgier side of contemporary fiction.
Today Erin Cawood will be talking about what sparked the idea for the story.
* I actually don’t remember what sparked of the idea for Maybe Tomorrow. It was around April 2013, not long after I’d finished the first draft of Never Forget (Behind Closed Doors 6) and I remember waking up one day with this great sense of loss, an immense amount of guilt, and a deep sense of conflict. Keon was already there trying to explain to his daughter why he was leaving her.
* I already knew at that point, that this was the turning point of Keon’s story, the climax right before the happy ever after, the point where he realised that if he didn’t go after the woman he loved, it was a decision he’d regret for the rest of his life.
* The thing was, the more I got to know Keon the more I understood that he’d never leave Lily. Likewise, Darcy, would never put either of them through the pain of watching her suffer from the effects of liver failure and therefore, she would never stay with them.
* What that meant for Maybe Tomorrow was that Keon and Darcy had a very limited amount of time before they would go their separate ways once again. And if Darcy’s imminent death wasn’t tense enough, I threw them into an environment where the odds, and the other characters, are against any reconciliation. No one is more vocal in those objections than Keon’s opinionated sister, Kiera, who reminds Darcy that she doesn’t deserve to be with Keon and Lily at every chance she gets.
* Darcy doesn’t want anyone to know about her condition, so when she appears with him at his family’s weekend away, everyone – even her parents— are concerned. They can see that Keon is torn apart about Darcy’s presence and they want to protect him. Keon is totally thrown by this idea wants to die and his own reaction to her pending death. He initially attempts to reason with those feelings; he’s a doctor, he saves lives and that is who he is and he can’t just give up like she wants. He soon realises that his feelings are much deeper than that. Darcy was his first love, and she broke his heart. And despite the failure of a second marriage, Keon realises that he’s never healed from that broken heart, and later than he still loves her.
* As far as second chance romances go, Maybe Tomorrow is a true against all odds kind of story. It’s a story about bad decisions that lead to a lifetime of regrets, it’s about learning to forgive yourself and others, and finding closure. And given the serious nature of its main theme, it’s a lighter story than what I’ve written in my previous series. Therefore, as a reader you can expect to go on an emotional rollercoaster as you join Keon and Darcy in the fight for a tomorrow they may not have.
* On an unseasonably hot night in late September, Dr. Keon McGowan is called away from a family gathering to a hospital emergency. Amongst his patients that night is a blast from his past he’d rather forget. He’ll certainly never forgive butterfly hunter Darcia Davenport for leaving him alone as a single father while she chased butterflies through the Amazon rainforest.
* Coming face to face with the woman who broke his heart after all this time, Keon realises that he has never fully healed from it. But any chance of finding closure is ripped away when Darcy chooses to end treatment and live her final weeks without regret. Can Keon let her go? Or will he fight for the tomorrow they might never have? Maybe Tomorrow is an emotional journey of love caught between fate and destiny.
* Pain gripped his chest, as fresh as the day she’d left him. He’d drunk himself unconscious a thousand times, prayed for her return, would have given anything to have her say she'd take it back. When the pain turned to rage, he wanted her dead.
* But not like this. Never like this. His Darcy, the light of his life, was going to die. Everything he'd ever wanted to say to her, all the anger he'd felt since that day, had just vanished. The thought of losing her crushed him.
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