Best-selling author Marian Keyes has told how imagining Jose Mourinho as the hero in her latest novel helped her pen its racy scenes.
The Limerick writer said the Chelsea manager plays an invisible role in her latest blockbuster, The Woman Who Stole My Life.
Keyes, who has sold 25 million copies of her books, said on ITV's Lorraine that keeping the Portuguese coach in her mind helped bring her love scenes to life.
"Writing the racy scenes is mortifying. I usually find them very, very difficult, but with this book because I had imagined my hero looking like Jose it was actually incredibly easy.
"I couldn't stop the racy scenes. I did have to make myself stop because the story wasn't advancing. Jose would be my ideal - apart from my husband, who's fantastic.
"I'm blessed. I'm always kind of terrified of saying that because I'm afraid I'll be struck down by the curse of the smug woman."
Keyes, who has had a well-catalogued battle with depression, said she enjoyed writing the light-hearted love story.
"It was very easy to write. I thought, 'I'm just going to have fun', and I did. I write a lot about dark issues, even though they're written with humour.
"I've struggled with depression, and I was feeling a bit better so I was able to start writing the book. It was good to stay away from the darkness and write something lovely and happy.
"I just decided it was going to be a love story, unapologetic. I've written about a women who is very optimistic and hasn't an ounce of self-pity and embraces life, so I was kind of in her head for the whole time while I was writing it. It was lovely."
The 51-year-old said her depression has started to lift.
"I feel an awful lot better. I just want to say that if people are going through the horrors, hang on and things will improve," she said. "From about early this year I felt a sort of a lift. I'm different. You can't go through anything awful without being altered by it.
"I feel very grateful. If you've been to a very dark place it makes you far more appreciative of all that is good."