In my book, An Irresistible Force, both the hero and heroine are in the lucky one percent. Chris Luczak has money due to his big NHL contracts and his cheapskate nature. Amanda Richardson was born into wealth, even if her father ascribed to billionaire Warren Buffet's idea that it's better to live modestly and raise your children as normally as possible. If you don't know much about Warren Buffet—or like Brenda you confuse him with Jimmy Buffet—his life and investing philosophies are worth checking out. You don't have to be a billionaire to practice frugal living and common sense investing. But maybe you can become richer by doing so!
Back in the fiction world, both Chris and Amanda give back by donating their time and money to various charities. In fact, one of the climactic scenes takes place at a charity ball. Amanda's mother Jeannie volunteers and donates to many charities, but her main focus is on the disease that took the life of her husband Vince: heart and stroke. And Chris volunteers at a children's hospice which his former NHL team has a relationship with.
If you read the fine print at the back of the book, you may have noticed that I pledged to donate $200 from the proceeds of An Irresistible Force in keeping with the book's theme. Although I am not in the happy one percent, I am glad to donate as well. In December 2016, just in time for a tax receipt, I donated $200 to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and $100 to Canuck Place Children's Hospice. These charities mirror the fictional ones used in the book.
But really, the thanks go to my readers who bought the books and enabled these donations. Thank you. You were giving while reading!