On Board with Alec Marlowe by Claudia Gray
Every romance needs a love interest. Which means FATEFUL needed Alec Marlowe.
(Honestly, I need Alec Marlowe. I’m just going to confess that right now.)
But Alec is more than just an incredibly gorgeous guy. He’s also a man with a secret – the paranormal secret that drives the entire plot. When the sun goes down and the moon rises in the night sky, Alec’s animal side takes over. Ever since a terrible attack in Wisconsin some years ago, Alec has been a werewolf.
What do you do when you’re a werewolf? You go to Paris, of course.
I tend to think any reason is a good reason to go to Paris. But for Alec and his father, Europe represents more than a vacation destination. They’re hoping that somehow they’ll find people there who understand what’s happened to Alec, and how to reverse or at least control it.
Alec had a life before all this happened – dreams and hopes of his own. Why does it have to get taken away because of an accident?
Except – as he’s begun to suspect – it might not be an accident at all.
When I was coming up with Alec, I knew the most important thing was that he had to be a contrast to Tess. As much as I love Tess Davies, she’d never wind up in a romance with someone like herself; they’d be too pragmatic to ever get swept away. Tess needed someone romantic. She needed someone who dreamed big. And yet he would have to be someone intelligent and driven, to earn her respect.
So those were the broader brushstrokes. But quickly Alec became himself – a real individual. He wasn’t just romantic; he was someone who hadn’t let his paranormal problem keep him from sampling the incredible culture and nightlife of Paris in that era. He wasn’t just a dreamer – he was someone who hoped to take up architecture at a moment in history when it was about to radically change. And his determination wasn’t only for himself, but for his father, and increasingly, for Tess himself.
One thing I decided was that the Marlowes would represent the New World, and the new age that was beginning. That, plus Alec’s interest in architecture, led me to imagine them living in a version of Robie House, the great Frank Lloyd Wright home in Oak Park, Illinois. As incredibly beautiful and distinctive as that home is, it was also modern in every way – a house for people who were humane, intelligent and forward-thinking. A few times while writing, I got to tour Robie House and imagine little Alec growing up there. Maybe it’s an unusual way to get close to a character … but it worked.
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Songs and Stories: Switching from Port to Starboard – From Vampires to Werewolves
Live to Read: On Board with Tess Davies
The Book Cellar: On Board with Alec Marlowe
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Mundie Moms Book Reviews: More on the Unexplained: Why Claudia Gray Always Loved the Titanic
Eighteen-year-old maid Tess Davies is determined to escape the wealthy, troubled family she serves. It’s 1912, and Tess has been trapped in the employ of the Lisles for years, amid painful memories and twisted secrets. But now the Lisle family is headed to America, with Tess in tow. Once the ship they’re sailing on—the RMS Titanic—reaches its destination, Tess plans to strike out and create a new life for herself.
Her single-minded focus shatters when she meets Alec, a handsome first-class passenger who captivates her instantly. But Alec has secrets of his own. He’s in a hurry to leave Europe, and whispers aboard the ship say it’s because of the tragic end of his last affair with the French actress who died so gruesomely and so mysteriously. . . .
Soon Tess will learn just how dark Alec’s past truly is. The danger they face is no ordinary enemy: werewolves exist and are stalking him—and now her, too. Her growing love for Alec will put Tess in mortal peril, and fate will do the same before their journey on the Titanic is over.
In Fateful, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray delivers paranormal adventure, dark suspense, and alluring romance set against the opulent backdrop of the Titanic’s first—and last—voyage.