We all write about billionaires, but just what makes rich men so sexy?
I think at the root of it is the fact that money is power. Like it or not, it’s a fact – there aren’t too many broke men at the top that I can think of. Well, may be the Dalai Lama is pretty influential, but I’m not so sure about the ‘sexy’ there … Rich men have the means to make things happen and protect the people they love and care about. The chances are he can afford staff, so his woman can have the most ridiculous manicure and high heels if she wants to because someone else cleans the loo and puts the bins out. Public transport is out – chauffeured cars, jets and yachts are his thing. And diamonds … if you want a biggie, the guy has got to be rich. He also has the means to make the best of himself and look as sexy as he possibly can: private gym, bespoke tailoring, a natural tan, top notch dental and medical care – he’s got it all going for him. No toupees though …. We don’t want those. In summary, his bank account is big enough to make genuine dreams come true and help save lives whether that’s old Aunt Ida’s trip to Paris or a cute spaniel’s life-or-death heart operation. He rocks.
Do you write what you know? (as in how many billionaires are you acquainted with, and can you introduce me to any?)
Ah … now this is where I have to confess I make it all up as I go along. I’ve never met a billionaire, I don’t think. I saw the Queen at distance once, but we never spoke. Now millionaires are a bit easier; David Gandy would count as he must have a few million stashed away by now – I’ve met him. I think your best chance of bumping into a billionaire is to hang out in places that reek of money, marinas, motorsport events, rock festivals, central London hotels on New Year’s Eve that kind of thing. I must get out more!
So we all love men with money – but what’s the next most important attribute you think a hero should have?
Well, he needs to be generous with all that money, I say. Nobody likes a miser, but he mustn’t be too flash with the cash either, that’s just vulgar. No diamond encrusted platinum watches. No gold taps. Or gold teeth! A nice charitable foundation that he has a genuine connection to would be good. I hate to say it, but, for me, he has also got to be drop-dead gorgeous as well. Shallow? Moi? When it comes to fantasy heroes the answer is yes!
Do you prefer your billionaires to be self-made men or old money?
Personally, I prefer the guy to be a self-made billionaire, but you’re pushing the realism sometimes if he’s under thirty years old. It depends how realistic your editor wants you to be. Old money is fine if it’s not tainted in some way and maybe gave him a head start in getting to his own first billion. However I think it’s important to show that your hero has grafted hard and made sacrifices to get where he is today and he needs to be able to relate to ‘normal’ people. Unless that’s your source of conflict, say with a sheikh or royalty of some kind.
What are you working on right now, a billionaire or something else?
Right now, I’m going through final edits for a book which will hopefully release in February 2014. The American hero in this is not a billionaire, but he’s pretty wealthy and he’s built his millions up from nothing. Along side that is edits for a southern European billionaire – he’s stinking rich and will hopefully emerge in July 2014. Then there’s a bunch of Greeks – no paupers there, and then a Northern European who definitely won’t have billions, but enough to make dreams come true that’s for sure. And on the back burner, but very much on my To Do list, is a hero with very soft brown eyes who doesn’t appear to have a job or any money at all …
What was I saying about having to get out more? It’s not going to be easy!
Thanks for having me, Michele!!
Blurb for The Spanish Billionaire’s Hired Bride:
He bought her with cold, hard cash, but can she stop him from stealing her heart?
Blackmailed to marry against his will, Ricardo Almanza needs a wife before he’s thirty, and time is running out. A notorious playboy, marriage is the last thing he wants, but his stepmother’s sexy, debt-ridden personal assistant is the perfect solution. He makes her a business deal she can’t refuse—one million euros for three months as his wife. He might even enjoy being married to her … if she doesn’t kick the crap out of him again.
Helen Marshall can’t believe she’s considering Almanza’s outrageous proposal, but she must help clear her parents’ debts or they face financial ruin. The small print on the marriage contract changes to read three months as his wife in every way—including in the bedroom. Has she gotten in too deep, or will she need a new contract addendum, extending their marriage forever?
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Michele de Winton
Being a writer was not was I was supposed to be when I ‘grew up' but then neither was being a dancer. My poor parents. They thought that when I toddled off to law school they'd bred a responsible, useful adult and instead they got a performer and word junkie. But words really are my drug. Oh and yoga, food, sunshine, hot love scenes, my boys, chocolate and happy endings.