By Rosa Temple
Even more exciting is when I share my story with complete strangers and have them tell me they really enjoyed it! So imagine my delight when the bunch of beta readers I sent copies of Natalie's Getting Married to, loved the book and a lot of them were totally taken with my main male character – Gabriel Miller.
One great comment from a reader regarding Gabriel was that he lit up the scenes he was in and that she missed him when he wasn't around. Two beta readers openly said they fell in love with him. And, I have to admit, I had a major crush on him myself – and I'm a married woman.
We first meet Gabriel at the start of Natalie's story. She's a fresher at university and he's a second year student who introduces himself as, “Gabriel, like the Angel but without the wings.” To let you in on a little secret, I did choose the name Gabriel because I knew that he would at some stage or other have to save Natalie from certain situations and, more importantly, from herself.
Gabriel was largely created from a combination of all the great guys I've known. From each of them I picked out their best qualities, mashed them all together, and voila! Gabriel was born. But, don't get me wrong, Gabriel isn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination. Who is?
I think what I like about his character is he does have his vulnerabilities. He's even insecure at times, despite the fact that he's a super talented writer who goes on to make quite a name for himself.
Physically, Gabriel is this tall, fair haired guy with hazel eyes and messy clothes. In all honesty he has no idea how good looking or how charming he is and that for me is a positive in people in general. If he was cast in a film I would say he'd look like a twenty-something, Alex O'Loughlin (from The Back Up Plan).
In most romantic comedies or chick lit novels, the main male character is usually the boyfriend and has a certain role to play. The boyfriend helps secure the 'happy ever after' ending we all crave. He's always the hero and we always know when we meet him that he will be 'the one.' But Gabriel is not Natalie's boyfriend. He is, actually, her best friend. He's the one she turns to when things go dramatically wrong with her boyfriend. He's the one who helps her in all her decision making, even giving her advice when her wedding dress ends up several sizes too big because she gets stressed about her wedding. And he's the one she turns to when she is broken hearted. In fact she can talk to him about anything. The only times Natalie didn't go running to Gabriel for advice was when he was dating.
You might be wondering, with so many readers of Natalie's Getting Married becoming infatuated with Gabriel, why Natalie would not fall for him too and why he isn't her boyfriend. But there are many dimensions to their relationship that come into play and I'm never one to give spoilers.
To find out if you think Gabriel really is boyfriend material – you'll have to judge for yourself.
About Natalie's Getting Married
Career minded, Natalie Spencer, had never been in love. She could never understand what all the fuss was about. But when she met Jackson Humphries during Fresher’s Week at University, that all changed.
Utterly infatuated, Natalie quickly discovers the meaning of love and, before she knows it, she's heading up the aisle – for the first time, that is.
This is a tale about four wedding dresses, a runaway groom and a girl who got so carried away, she couldn’t see true love staring her right in the face.
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Rosa Temple is a Londoner and is married with two sons. She is a reluctant keep fit fanatic and doer of housework and insists that writing keeps her away from such strenuous tasks. She spends her days creating characters and story lines while drinking herbal tea and eating chocolate biscuits.
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