The sundecks are usually the same height but there is no gangplank connection at this upper level. Lying on a sunbed, I idly wondered if it would be possible to vault across the short gap from one sundeck to another. Not that I had any intention of trying it, you understand!
But somewhere in my mind, a story was being conceived. Supposing the hero and heroine were on different cruise ships and the hero did that vaulting over the rails?
That evening, I put the question to one of the friends we had made on the cruise. “Ross, would it be possible to vault from one sundeck to another?” He walked across to the rail, studied the gap for a moment, then said, “Well, I wouldn’t try it now, but I could have done it easily when I was in my twenties or thirties.”
First piece of research completed - it was possible. And I could see my hero doing his death-defying leap (slight exaggeration!) to be with the heroine. He was tall, fit, with tawny hair which glinted gold in the sunshine, and stunning blue eyes.
So now what? Are the hero and heroine guests on different cruise ships? But the cruises only last 5 or 7 days, so what would happen when they returned home? Somewhere in my mind I had the title ‘A Nile Romance’ (having abandoned ‘Romance on the
Okay, they’re both going to be based in
On a flight from Luxor to Cairo, I read an article in the flight magazine about an archaeologist who had explored a hidden tunnel leading from the burial chamber of one of the Pharaoh’s tombs in the Valley. Hmm, something like that might work for my archaeologist hero.
With the setting and the two main characters in place, it was time to start thinking of the complications and conflicts that would prevent the course of love running smoothly. I wrote the first two chapters at the hotel in
I transferred my scribbles to the computer when I got home, wrote another couple of chapters then left the remainder of the story to simmer in my mind. I picked it up again about six weeks ago and am now about three-quarters of the way through it.
Oh, and by the way, I never did manage to bring in the scene where the hero vaults the rails between the two cruise ships. But I did call my hero Ross, after the cruise-ship friend who told me it could be done!
As from next Friday, April 1st, I shall be embarking on the A-Z Blog Challenge - writing a blog each day (except for Sundays) each starting with a different letter the alphabet in turn. Hope you'll drop in to cheer me on my way!