A few years ago on a warm, April afternoon, I attended a polo match. From the moment I saw those amazing, nuggetty ponies charging up and down the course, I wanted to write a polo match into a book. I’ve tried three times to do this, with three separate books, but sometimes things just don’t go according to plan and this was a perfect example.
In one book, Christmas got in the way, in another I tried writing a polo scene but my hero rebelled….characters can be quite obstreperous sometimes!
So, I had to get cagey! Instead of thinking, “Oh, I’ll write a polo scene” I had to make polo part of the book. I needed a polo playing hero!
One can’t think of Polo without thinking of Nacho Figueras, the totally gorgeous Argentine Polo player. Never heard of him? Let me educate you 😉 He is the face of Ralph Lauren’s Polo Black cologne.
So now you’ve enjoyed that bit of eye-candy, you can see who inspired my hero, Marco. In Australia, we have a doctor shortage so we do indeed have overseas doctors working in the outback despite some people thinking otherwise. Their placement in the outback is part of their visa to live in the country.
I loved writing this book and not just because of the 47 times I watched the video 😉 , but because I learned all sorts of things. Thanks to the Western Australian Polo Association I learned about like Chukkas, bumps, knock-ins and neck shots and had a lot of fun at the same time. Of course you can’t just ‘whack in a scene’ because you want to….lesson learned from the previous three attempts…but what I did discover was once I decided that horses and polo were an intrinsic part of the book, exciting connections fell into place which really added to the story. Of course I won’t tell you cos that would spoil the book 😉
Have you ever ridden a horse? Did you have a horse-obsessed childhood? Did you watch Spirt or Black Velvet over and over? Played polo? Or do you just lust after Nacho Figueras? My favourite horse story is here when I did a horse ride in the Australian high country.
I’m off to Fiji tomorrow (I can call by today) but then I will be out of range for about a week. Please, chat amongst yourselves swapping horse stories and if you fancy spending some personal one-on-one time with the gorgeous Marco, Letting Go With Dr Rodriguez goes on sale on July 1st in the USA or you can grab it now from Mills & Boon UK as an ebook or in print.
Now to pack……