Saturday, June 28, 2014

Chelsea Fine: My Inspiration for Perfect Kind of Trouble

My idea for Perfect Kind of Trouble came about after watching the movie Fool’s Gold (starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey).  The movie is about two ex-lovers who go on a treasure hunt for lost gold, and during their search they fall back in love. It was fun and humorous, and I was immediately inspired to write something in that same vein: Lost gold, a reassure hunt, two people who love/hate each other. So I came up with the storyline for Perfect Kind of Trouble.

Originally, PKoT was going to be a lengthy, stand-alone thriller. Don’t get me wrong, it was going to be funny and have silly antics and whatnot, but my original premise had a lot more suspense. It was a race against time—and a murderous enemy—to find a hidden treasure with some romance along the way. But once I started writing Perfect Kind of Trouble, I realized my characters were too young and broken to endure such drama. Haha.

Daren was a pretty bad boy with abandonment issues, while Kayla was a misunderstood city girl with no family. And both were homeless and broke. These two characters had enough problems without throwing in an epic do-or-die treasure hunt. So I tweaked the storyline, making the novel more character-driven and turning the hidden treasure into a scavenger hunt—a hunt they could only embark on if they agreed to handcuff themselves together.

The lighter, sillier tone of the storyline helped off-play the seriousness of Daren and Kayla’s rough circumstances, and it was a total blast to write! In the end, I think it worked out perfectly. Here’s to handcuffs! ;) 

Leave a comment for a chance to win one of FIVE digital copies of Perfect Kind of Trouble (via NetGalley)! 

***Chelsea's winners is Anovel Love, Heidi, Kristy, Stephanie, and Elisabeth!  Please email with your mailing details!***


A Novel Love said...

I am going to have to check this book out, it looks good.

~ Mad ~ said...

One of my favorite movies! :)

Heidi Pergolski said...

I enjoy a good romance but my love is a great thriller/mystery! My interest is peaked for this one and hopefully a great murderous treasure hunt in the near future! ;)

Kimberlyindy said...

Sounds like a great book, I will have to check it out!

Elisabeth said...

This book sounds like something I'll enjoy reading. And love the story behind the book.
And congratulations on a great cover. It's intriguing :-)

Kristy Loftis said...

sounds like a good read! and i love Fools Gold!

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the chance. Fool's Gold is one of my favorite Matthew M. movies! :)