The Story Behind Courting Danger by Kimberly Dean

As I’ve been writing my Courting series, the book titles have been the key inspiration for the story lines. The Courting theme has made the titles easy. First there was Courting Jealousy. Then came Courting Trouble, followed by Courting Innocence. Courting DangerEach title sparked an idea, but none more so than my current book, Courting Danger.

The title just cried for a romantic suspense, and the genre made a lot of sense. The series is about the women and men who work at Luxxor Limited, a high-end escort service, so danger was an obvious premise. What wasn’t obvious was which character would take center stage. Imagine my surprise when it was quiet Rielle, the Luxxor Limited office manager, who kept popping up as I brainstormed.

Why was Rielle so quiet? Why would someone like that work at a place that teeters on the edge of respectability? Why was she so loyal to Nina, the company president (and madam)? If Rielle was the heroine, who was her hero? The word “danger” elicits so many feelings: fear, thrill, dread, curiosity, etc. It didn’t fit with an office manager. It fit better with an escort. That was when the key question hit me… What if the timid office manager took a risk one night and stepped out as an escort?

Boom. Suddenly, I had a plot. It was the contrast that made the idea work so well, and I kept running with that idea as the hero took form. Rielle is quiet, sweet, and full of lightness. Her counterpart had to be someone dark and elusive – someone dangerous. None of it would have worked if I’d focused on another character to take the lead.

In the end, it was all about playing off opposites that made the story take flight. Light versus shadows. Fear versus excitement. The timid having to be brave. Playing it safe or courting danger.


Kimberly DeanWhen taking the Myers-Briggs personality test in high school, Kimberly was rated as an INFJ (Introverted-Intuitive-Feeling-Judging). This result sent her into a panic, because there were no career paths recommended for the type. Fortunately, it turned out to be well-suited to a writing career. Since receiving that dismal outlook, Kimberly has become an award-winning author of romance and erotica.  She has written for seven publishing houses, both domestic and international, and has recently focused her efforts on the exciting world of self-publishing. When not writing, she enjoys movies, sports, traveling, music, and sunshine. In her mind, a beach, some rock ‘n’ roll, and a good book make for a perfect day.

Her latest book is the contemporary erotic romance, Courting Danger.

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