Falling in Love with Chick Lit
They were complete opposites, destined never to cross paths. Hester was a Hollywood dialect coach to the stars. Enzo was an ex-con from South Central LA. Yet I knew they were perfect for each other. The problem was, I couldn’t simply send them on a blind date or hook them up on Facebook. After all, they were fictional.
So I put words down on paper. I’d always wanted to re-write My Fair Lady, changing the professor character to a woman and the flower selling girl to a man. I mean, this is the 21st century! Completely reinventing the story and placing it in Hollywood with modern complications to craft the novel Pronouncing Enzo was a ridiculous amount of fun.
I won’t pretend it was easy: at first it seemed like it would never work between prim Hester and rough-as-they-come Enzo. But through the elocution lessons she gave him, and the discovery that they had a lot more in common than they ever would have guessed, a seed of affection was planted. It didn’t hurt that Enzo was hotter than habanero salsa. Or that Hester was gorgeous and professionally successful. Ah, the joys of fiction!
As I wrote these characters into love, I felt like I was watching two real people find each other. I was giddy with joy when they finally kissed, and cried real tears when they hit a deal-breaking road block in the form of his shameful past. I cheered for Enzo as he fought to prove his worth to his dream woman.