I was reading with interest Sybil’s (redwyne.com) very funny account of attending Lisa Kleypas’ book signing at a B&N in San Antonio. She met a reader there named Andrea who remarks about Avon refusing to let Kleypas have Cam as a gypsy hero for Daisy in Scandal in Spring:
Lisa said she tried like 3 outlines with Cam and her editor kept saying it wouldn’t work. So Dasiy[sic] got her long suffering love instead. Straight from Lisa’s lips! pinky promise!!
I remember Kleypas’ previous account of why she didn’t pair Cam up with Daisy to be slightly different so I looked it up. Here is what Kleypas wrote on Squawk Radio on March 6, 2006:
Originally I had intended to pair Daisy with a very different kind of hero, a minor character from Devil In Winter named Cam Rohan. Cam is an exotic half-gypsy croupier, and after he and Daisy have a brief encounter in DIW, I thought they would be a great couple. However, as I started Scandal, I realized Cam and Daisy were too much alike, and I’ve always found the best chemistry to come from a pairing of opposites. So Cam is temporarily on hold while I come up just the right heroine and plot for him.
Eh. I dont know what to think. Did Kleypas realize that Cam wasn’t for Daisy on her own? Did Avon tell Kleypas that she cant have a gypsy hero as Andrea implied? Considering that Kleypas wrote that the best chemistry comes from the pairing of opposites, Daisy & Matthew didnt really exhibit that great a chemistry.
ETA: I saw this cover at Risky Regencies and thought it topical. Obviously, Avon must have thought Gypsy heroes are too fifty years ago