Summer is based on a girl we met on a beach in Goa – her hippy parents actually do run a place called the Art Resort - and she was so pretty, friendly and unpretentious that I wanted to make a proper character out of her.
Then I needed a complete contrast to Summer, so I came up with Tamara. I didn’t like her at all when I started writing her, but you know what? You can’t really hate your characters if you want them to find happiness! I found myself getting fonder and fonder of her as I wrote her.
I’d introduced both Jack and Lars in Vanity and thought that they each deserved a love story of their own – I hope I’ve done them justice!
It seemed only natural that Poppy, Damian, Ben and Natalia would by now be living it up in LA – enormously rich, successful and having the time of their lives. It was nice to have them as a foil to some of the more traumatic elements of the story – and besides, they’d all had their own dramas in my previous books.
The finca is pure house porn – I’ve always wanted to do up an old place and make it my own. I lived in a 13th century hermitage in Majorca until I was five. Dad had a pool built (they chucked me in when I was 6 months old) so the idea of living as ex-pats in the Balearics must have come somewhere from there.
I also spent a lot of my childhood and teenage years in the South of France, so that’s the St Tropez scenes accounted for. Funnily enough, I don’t count any A-List movie stars among my closest friends, so I guess the research is a combination of an idyllic youth frolicking on stunning beaches – and an unhealthy obsession with celebrity gossip magazines!