So Dr Jax had a significant birthday this week and I took the liberty of booking us a room at Auckland’s Hilton hotel for the night. I’ll just say this now – it was for his birthday but, obsessive writer that I am, it was also research since the characters of my current WIP also visit said hotel. It was a gorgeous room with views across the harbour (when not blocked by the vast cruise ships that moor alongside the hotel), perfect for my characters – though I think I’ll make the room a LOT bigger. A suite maybe. And yes, I took pictures of both the room and the view to help with scene setting. Like I said, research.
We had dinner at the very swanky restaurant and – here’s another example of just how obsessive I am when it comes to writing – had an unfortunately hilarious moment when the waiter spilled a glass of Moet all over me. And I mean, ALL over me. The poor man was showering me with napkins (after showering me with champagne) and fussing round while I dried my hair with a fourth napkin, all the while thinking, ‘I wonder if I could work this into a book?’. The whole restaurant was gawking at me but all I could think about was writing! And then, when I told Dr Jax that I was thinking about how I could use this in a scene, he asked ‘so what would an alpha male do in this situation?’. And instantly I was thinking constructing a new story…
So, thank you clumsy waiter at White restaurant. Your waiting skills leave a lot to be desired but at least you’ve given me an opening scene for a new book. Heroine gets expensive champagne spilled on her in a swanky, upmarket hotel restaurant. She’s utterly soaked, horribly embarassed, and along comes the hero and….??
What do you reckon? What would an alpha male do?