The Desert King's Housekeeper Bride(62)

By: Carol Marinelli

When you are writing, what is your typical day?

I am trying hard to create a typical day! I had a light-bulb moment recently, when I was chatting to my sister Anne, who has a very demanding job – she told me (and it sounds so obvious, it just wasn’t to me!) that she leaves her house in the morning and comes back to it at night and it is exactly as she left it. That is normal! So now, I take the kids to school – and then I come home and write – phone off, curtains closed, washing bin full – I set my alarm for 3.00pm (I can get a little lost in a story) and that is my writing time. I also try (deadlines permitting), in so as far as I can, to do nothing other than be a mum between 3.00pm and 9.00pm.

Where do you get your inspiration for the characters that you write?

I don’t know – I’m just eternally glad that I do and that at some point (belatedly on occasion) they appear. Then all I have to do is write what they tell me.

What did you like most about your hero and heroine in this continuity?

Her awkwardness. I loved how awkward and shy Effie first appeared, yet just beneath the surface she was intelligent and strong. And, as the story revealed, there was something extra-special about her – she just didn’t know it yet.

As for Zakari – phew. He was my first sheikh (!) so he holds an extra-special place in my heart and I can only hope that he taught me well. Oh, he appeared the opposite to Effie – confident and strong and utterly accepting of his one weakness! I just loved how Effie forced him to face the truth.

I ♥ Zakari

What would be the best – and worst – things about being part of a royal dynasty?

The worst for me would be a lack of privacy – I can’t think of a single thing that would make up for that. Though coffee and toast in bed each morning and gorgeous clothes laid out for me might go some way to mollifying me!

Are diamonds really a girl’s best friend?


Loving yourself is a girl’s best friend (and then diamonds will follow, tee hee!) but in all seriousness – whether it’s fake or real stones that adorn your fingers, or a little bit of silver, happiness truly comes from within.

However, if the right guy appeared bearing a ruby (and he’d taken the time to find out it was my favourite stone) I could, at a push, be won over… Watch this space.