Behind the Story
John Tanaka is actually a hybrid character from my very first attempt at writing a novel. His name was different but his back story stayed same. I like to write the over confident sport types. You know who they are. The go hard or go home types. They have confidence, swag, and a big ego.
What stands out for John is his humor? Even the best athletes don’t start out at the top. They all work hard, then work harder, and grind despite the odds. It’s what inspired me to write the Tanaka men.
John in particular is the smart alack that never takes anything, including himself too seriously. Until that is, he’s faced with some pretty deep hurt and resentment. Then he’s all business.
Hawaii isn’t the most obvious choice to stage a contemporary romance that has more depth about the people who live there than it being a beautiful island. What I did relate to is the struggle. The history in Hawaii is vast and the problems are real. This gave me the ability to write characters with deeper problems and issues than what you would find on the surface. It also gives their relationships a deeper connection through understanding and a connection to readers.
It’s also a place where entrepreneurship is abundant. The stories of rags to riches and overcoming some hard circumstances are vast.
Excerpt from The Proposition, Men of the Pacific Book 1, by Naomi Knight
She made it down the steps but heard him behind her, closer. “I could tackle you, and it wouldn’t be pretty or chivalrous of me.”
She stopped. “If no one told you, this isn’t the time for bad jokes. What do you want?”
“Take the claws out, sweetheart. It’s me, John, the friendly neighborhood taxi, remember?”
She didn’t. Instead she made the statement. “You agree with them.”
He saw her eyes were wet and he softened his tone. “No. I’ve spent time with Manny. He’s the most well-mannered, easygoing, socially apt kid I’ve ever had a play date with.”
She smiled and wiped at her eyes. “Are you always this serious?”
“Just trying to lighten the mood. Is it working?”
“No. God. I just want to strangle that so-called principal, Cadena. I just don’t know what to do, I feel like such a sap sending Manny to the wolves five days a week and having him have to fend for himself. Telling him to play nice.”