Lying in bed yesterday, awake but still near to that hazy dream state, I worked through everything I knew about Vicki, Conn and Victor’s sister. I’m pleased to announce that her heroes showed up. I even have them cast in my mind now.
The big hole remains Vicki. So here’s a few things I know about her and this book.
The first challenge I set for myself was to come up with a believable, modern-day story where the characters ended up happy in a long-term menage relationship. All three of them. I didn’t want this to be a one-night fantasy, a casual fling, or any other standard menage set up. This part took forever to fall into place. In my mind, I played through several different set ups, until I finally settled on this one. The right one. I think. *winks*
Next, one of the heroes is inspired by someone else. Someone I think got the short end of the stick. He never got the care he deserved, allowed to evolve and become the kind of person he could have been. I’m not going to say publically who or where this person came from, but if you guess and contact me privately, I may admit it. Maybe. Jesse (looks a bit like Casey James) is NOT this other person–he’s inspired by him.
Vicki has an existing friendship with Elias Reyes (played by Esai Morales), a police lieutenant working on a narcotics federal task force in Dallas. They used to be on opposite sides of the court room, since Vicki was a defense attorney. The money was nice, obviously, but she got burned out by the violence. She found herself getting people off she knew were guilty, instead of truly helping people who were innocent and needed good representation. Elias’s strong attraction and his dedication to justice, combined with burnout and a few really bad cases, led her to make a significant life change.
She quit practicing law to pursue a dream. She opened up her own fashion line in Dallas. [For the beta readers, that’s why Shiloh wears one of Vicki’s dresses to the final event.] She’s doing this with her own money, but part of her feels like a failure. She spent all these years going to college, working her way up to partner, gaining a prestigious career…only to quit. She wonders what Daddy would say about it if he were still alive, and she hasn’t dared go home to see Mama.
She’s never had a comfortable relationship with Mama. As the baby of the family, she was a daddy’s girl. Her older brothers always took care of her. She’s more like oil and water with Mama, who never sugar coats anything. Don’t get me wrong–Vicki is not timid or afraid of Mama. In fact, they’ve had so many rows, she decided it’s just easier to stay away. Despite their heated discussions, Vicki has a strong sense of family and would be miserable without them, so she stays in Dallas instead of heading for NY or LA, even if that means she won’t be as successful.
In looks, Vicki probably has dark hair and eyes to match Victor (Adrian Paul) or blue eyes like Conn (Clive Owen), but she could have taken more after Daddy (Sam Elliott) than Mama (Vivien Leigh). After watching Constantine last night with my Beloved Sis, I’m thinking Vicki might be played by Rachel Weisz, but I’m open to other ideas.
P.S. Her real name isn’t Vicki. It’s Beulah (Miss Belle) Virginia (Mama). It’s sort of a family joke that she was cursed from the beginning with these names. She chose to use Vicki (after her paternal grandmother, Victoria, where Victor got his name) instead.