Monday, May 20, 2013

Love, Cupid, and Gosling

Happy Monday!

This week I am gallivanting around the city (well, as much as one can 'gallivant' with a five-month-old), so I'm inviting the wonderful and vivacious Holly Hepburn to take over my blog today! I shall return next week with photos from the RNA Summer Party and all my latest exploits. Brace yourself!

Until then . . . here's Holly!

My name is Holly Hepburn and I am an addict. But before you judge me, read my story.

Back in December 2012, I was just like you. I had an idea for a book about Cupid, but I thought it would be a YA novel and, with all my other writing, I didn't really have time to write it. Then two things happened; firstly, I watched a film called Crazy Stupid Love, starring a certain R Gosling. I should say at this point that although I was aware of Le Gosling, I hadn't seen any of his films and could quite possibly have passed him on the street without knowing it. That all changed once I watched Crazy Stupid Love. Not only did it make me guffaw with laughter, it ignited an - um - appreciation of the actor himself.

The second thing was that I dreamed I actually wrote Cupidity. Only it wasn't a YA novel, it was a chick lit novella and it sold like red roses on St Valentine's Day. And in my dream, it was made into a film starring Ryan Gosling as Cupid. After that, it seemed rude not to write the book and release it on Valentine's Day 2013.

Fast forward around two months and I abandoned the project at around 13,000 words. It was two days before Valentine's Day, I couldn't finish it in time and I had other deadlines banging at my door. So, with deep regret, I closed the Google page of Ryan Gosling images and got on with my other writing.

Around six weeks later, I was finishing my contribution to the Sunlounger anthology and was hit by the sudden realisation that Cupidity didn't have to be a Valentine's Day story - it could work just as well as a tale of summer loving. With quivering fingers, I searched out an image of my leading man, made it the wallpaper on my phone and knuckled down to work. Ten thousand words later, I was done - Cupidity was finished. It's been an Amazon bestseller since the day I uploaded it, which I'm obviously happy about. But the personal price has been high - I'm left with a lingering infatuation with Ryan Gosling. OK, it's more of an obsession. I mean, imagine him in a toga. Actually, I might have to make it a loincloth for the film. Mmmm, Ryan Gosling in a loincloth...


My name is Holly Hepburn and I am a Gosling Addict. It has been ten minutes since I last Gosled.

My website is and you can read the first chapter of Cupidity for free here - @hollyh_author

Thank you, Holly!

Have a lovely week, everyone.


  1. I'd ditch the loincloth...

    Ok, where were we!??! Hi Holly!! Hi Talli!!! I hope you both have a gorgeously lovely Monday!

    Take care

  2. Ooh, if only! Am going to be good for nothing for the rest of the day now...

    You have a lovely day too, Kitty!

    H x

  3. Congratulations, Holly! Think I'll skip that image of Gosling though.

    1. Thanks, Alex! Who would you have in a toga then?

  4. I love the fact you dreamt about the book and that spurred you on. Now you just have to wait for the film portion (and Mr Gosling) of the dream.

    1. Oh please oh please oh please oh please...

  5. Way to keep persisting! And unlike Alex, I will be Googling Gosling. Have a happy Monday ladies.

    1. Thanks, Em. He really is delicious, isn't he? Sigh...

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  7. I really liked that movie too, and not just because Ryan Gosling took his shirt off. :) And Steve Carell and Julianne Moore were brilliant, as always. But I like the idea of writing a story based on a leading man that you like; that makes it easier to picture him and imagine what he's really like.

    1. It made me laugh so much, and I am usually very picky about films. I rarely fancy leading men, either - am sure it was serendipity that led me to watch Crazy Stupid Love and see Le Gosling for all that he is.

      Hotness personified, in case anyone was wondering.

      And it was very easy to picture Cupid when I lnew he lokked like RG - made the story a pleasure to write!

    2. *knew he looked (stupid fat fingers on stupid little phone...)

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  14. Ugh! *slaps forehead* Must remove mental image of Gosling in a loincloth! ;) Too funny!
    Hello, Holly. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your success. That was a very good movie. Alright, tell the truth. Have you tried the whole Dirty Dancing move yet, or are you waiting for Gosling to show you how? *grins*
    *Waves to Talli*


  15. Holly, inspiration comes from all sources. I'm sure Gosling would be flattered to know that he led to yours!


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  32. Hi Talli! I hope you have a wonderful time in London!! I just got home from Scotland, and spent a lovely four hours in Heathrow...I hope you saw me wave :-) So nice to meet Holly, and good for her for fessing up to her Gosling addiction. Mine? Men in kilts...especially well-muscled ones ;)

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  36. Great post, and I am looking forward to reading Cupidity.

  37. Enjoyed that - off for a read now!

  38. Nice to meet you, Holly!

    I'd have to say that I'd get rid of that Gosling fellow and insert Emily Blunt. What can I say, I find her irresistable....

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