This is the “Behind The Scenes” post for the story “She And Him“. Please read the original story first if you want to avoid spoilers.
I stumbled around looking for an idea for this week’s story until Friday night – I knew we were going out Saturday, and that was also the day of the Eurovision final, so the evening was out.
I started with a few different titles – I began writing a story about a surfer called “Son of the Beach”, which not only suffered from having a pun for a title, an author who knows next to nothing about surfing and no idea of what I was going to do for a plot.
Finally I just typed “S” and started off with the idea of someone looking down at their hands and not recognising it. I initially thought I was going to have the main character having amnesia after a stroke, but quickly decided against that. I started wondering how it would be if the main character had swapped places with someone else and took it from there.
I decided to make them from two different worlds – business consultancy and catering – to basically mash them together and see what happened. To my surprise, it actually worked quite well.
It’s a genre that’s been done, of course, frequently by Hollywood. But I felt I didn’t need to go much further than the meeting of the two in this story – beyond that point, everything is “downhill”, so to speak.
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