Meet George Monroe

the manipulative villain from the contemporary romance novel Aquamarine
© Can Stock Photo/ ruivalesousa

When it comes to people to masking their real intentions, no one does it better than George Monroe. He’s the most diabolical villain I’ve created to date. In fact, he makes Craig Walker, from my romance novel, The Stalker, look like a choirboy in comparison, and Craig was so evil he even scared me.

George was born into the music business. Both of his parents were rock musicians, and his father started up Alicorn Records when he couldn’t land a recording contract. The label was a huge success in England, so when George became an adult, his father sent him to Los Angeles to start up Alicorn Records, U.S.A.

George is, in essence, the “casting couch” character I’d wanted to create with Calvin Michelson in The Scandal. However, the “Me Too” movement began when I was in the early planning stages for that particular romance novel. So, I had to change Cal from a sexual manipulator to a misunderstood man who is falsely accused of a serious wrongdoing. Mind you, I’m not complaining. It worked quite nicely.

George is a man who can never be satisfied with just one woman.¬† No, he doesn’t demand every female singer have sex with him to land a record contract. However, he has been known to take some aspiring women under his wing. When he does, he expects more than just a simple, “Thank you,” in return.

George just happens to be in the right place at the right time to meet Tonya Clairborne, a young music student who is working as a model to help pay for college. He sees a genuine talent in Tonya, so he offers to mentor her. Tonya eagerly accepts his offer, not realizing it will come at a very high price.

George is a completely fictional character. He’s not inspired by anyone I’ve actually known, thank goodness, although there are plenty of George’s out there.

Marina Martindale 

Aquamarine is available on Amazon, Barnes&Noble.com, and other online booksellers.