Monday, January 5, 2009

Writing a Romantic Comedy - "Mucho Caliente! - Wish upon a Latino Superstar" - Francesca Prescott

To say that the idea for “Mucho Caliente!” sprung for some deep and dark existential question would be a lie. The tongue-in-cheek, pseudo-Spanish title is already a good indication that this is no tear jerker. Then there’s the subtitle, “Wish upon a Latino Superstar”, which came as a last minute addendum, partly to ensure that people knew my book was in English, but mostly because I liked the play on words. My first book is a romantic comedy, written purely for entertainment.

Writing “Mucho Caliente!” sprung from a desire to have some fun, to escape from the dark, grey days of long, cold Swiss winters and to immerse myself in a sunny, funny romantic fantasy. The seed of the story began to germinate when I spotted a famous pop star at a beach bar in Ibiza while visiting a girlfriend, someone whose music and style I admired. From there it was just a matter of creating a cast of vivid characters, placing them against a funky, colorful backdrop, confounding them in a series of mortifying moments, before putting them all out of their misery with a intensely satisfying happily ever after.

“Mucho Caliente!” is a light-hearted story about daring to believe in yourself and to have faith in other people when you’ve been burned. It is about attempting to take control of your life even though you’re terrified of making mistakes, and about taking chances while remaining true to yourself. It is about the angst of falling in love with a (very famous!) younger man. But it’s also about the wonderful friendships between women, are often laced with a touch of rivalry. I particularly enjoyed delving into that unique, heartwarming “girlie” camaraderie. And although we meet new people and make new friends all the time, few friendships truly last a lifetime, weathering separations and misunderstandings, withstanding the vast spectrum of unpleasant emotions that creep up on us despite our best intentions. These special friendships, these "true-loves", need to be nurtured, celebrated and enjoyed.

Basically, I wrote this story with no other motive than to make myself and other people smile!

xx Francesca Prescott


Lindsay Townsend said...

Well said, Francesca, especially about girl friendships, and the HEA in love! All such 'true' relationships deserve our attention.

Savanna Kougar said...

Ah, Francesca, you absolutely made me smile!
And I think those are best types of romances, ones that are written for ourself with others in mind.

Bekki Lynn said...

Sounds like a lovely story, Francesca.

'nurtured, celebrated and enjoyed'
You hit it on the nail with this. Relationships are difficult to maintain without it.

Kathy Otten said...

I didn't grow up with girls and girl friendships. I was a tomboy and hung out with my brothers and their friends. I never got to see the girl bond until I had daughters. Your story sounds cute. I love romantic comedy, espcially after a stressful day.