I love the Winter Olympics. I look forward to them coming around every four years, much more than the Summer Olympics. Why? Because I grew up and still live in the great white north of the upper midwest. Snow has fallen October to May before so there are only four months that you can guarantee there won't be snow. So the winter sports are exciting to me and I've tried several of them.
I used to figure skate until our coach moved three hours south. I stopped at Freestyle 1 which is learning spins and jumps. It's the first skating class where you have to skate to music to pass. Figure skating in the Olympics is always watched by me, since I know it so well and because I miss it and wish I had been able to continue skating. It's such a beautiful and difficult sport. If anyone asks who my favorite figure skater is, I would say the English ice dancing pair of Torvill & Dean from the 1984 Olympics. That was such an event changing skate. I had chills watching it live. Stunning, beautiful, mesmerizing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2zbbN4OL98
I hadn't followed the figure skaters before the 2018 Winter Olympics, until Adam Rippon suddenly shot to fame with a tweet by Reese Witherspoon. What kept Adam Rippon in the spotlight was his sassy, funny, positive, honest, handsome self. He was born for stardom. And so inspiration struck. What if an Olympic figure skater met someone at the Olympics? I kicked around the idea and decided he'd meet a snowboarder. But then I was reminded about the upcoming royal wedding with the British monarchy. How about a prince instead of a snowboarder? And what country should the prince be from? It had to be Sweden.
I've had a slight obsession with Sweden since stumbling across Henrik Lundqvist in the list of the 2010 Winter Olympic's hottest athletes. If you currently are not obsessed with him, let me help you out. He's from Sweden, is the New York Rangers starting goalie, is ridiculously handsome, is a super nice guy. So I've been in love with Sweden since then. The more I've found out about the country, the more I love it. So Prince Henrik, I had to name my prince that, could be from no other country than Sweden.
My characters in the book, Jeff and Henrik, were inspired by real life people but I definitely made my own characters with their own quirks. I also made up the Swedish royal family, even though they have one, the royals in my book are fictional. The landmarks in the book are real though such as Stockholm Cathedral, the Royal Palace and Drottningholm Palace. There really is a blue princely mantle, prince's coronet, throne and throne room. I want to travel to Sweden even worse now. I'll add Stockholm to the list of cities I want to visit other than Gothenburg, where Henrik Lundqvist played professional hockey before getting drafted by the NY Rangers. I told you I was obsessed.
Omega's Prince is my fifth book. It's amazing to me that I'm writing that statement because publishing three novels and two novellas since October is quite stunning. Writing was not my career until September when I got laid off from my computer job of over five years. I had written short stories a few years ago, and kept in touch with authors, so I wasn't completely out of the loop. When I thought of applying for another job, working for someone else, earning them money for 8 hours and then trying to write at night at home, well I just couldn't do it. So I rage quit the corporate world.
All of my books are humorous and include crazy things that have happened to me in real life. When you can be sure that when you pick up one of my books, you're going to be entertained!
Always daydreaming and making up stories in her head, Bella didn't write her first novel until 2017.
Bella has a Computer Science degree, but that doesn't hold a candle to her true love of reading. She has a cat, a corgi, hates doing cleaning, and loves playing video games.
Bella loves sexy men and a happily ever after romance. Happy reading!