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My adoration for characters and plotlines and adventures and imagination has taken me along with the Hardy Boys as they track down criminals and into the magical lives of Merlin and Arthur through the eyes of Mary Stewart.
I have enjoyed countless first kisses and happily-ever-afters and peeked inside the minds and madness of Thomas Harris's creations.
Nora Roberts—writing under the pseudonym J D Robb—sparked my interest in futuristic novels while Harper Lee inspired me to look beyond the artifice of the pages.
Regardless of the genre, I have always gravitated towards female characters with distinct attitudes, personalities, and perspectives: To Kill a Mockingbird’s Scout Finch; J.D. Robb’s In Death series’ Eve Dallas; Alan Bradley’s Flavia De Luce; J.K. Rowling’s Hermione Granger; Suzanne Collins’s Katniss Everdeen; Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander.
As a teen, I devoured romance novels, but after the publication of Bridget Jones’s Diary, I discovered a self-determined alternative: women’s fiction.
While the romance genre requires “a central love story” and “an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending,” the women’s fiction genre can include a love element as a sub-plot, but most often, the predominant storyline focuses on the protagonist and her friendships and familial relationships (“About the Romance”).
And, as demonstrated in Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, not all female protagonists are damsels in distress, nor do they always want or need a male counterpart to rescue them.
Novels such as Stephanie McAfee’s Diary of a Mad Fat Girl, Barbara Claypole White’s The Perfect Son, and Maddie Dawson’s Matchmaking for Beginners inspired the style and tone I use in my work-in-progress,
Many of the qualities those writers incorporated in their central character—wit, candor, dominate and distinct voice—I assimilated into my protagonist, Holli with her wandering, conspiratorial commentary rather than a direct narration of events. Unfortunately for Holli, lifelong connections bedevil her, her loyalties, and who and how she loves.
With women's fiction, I enjoy strong female characters who champion their own causes and stay true to their voice—without the HEA (happily ever after) constraints of romance.
Also, I love authors of literary fiction—such as masters Anna Quindlen and Anne Tyler—for the focus on the characters and their motivations, rather than the next explosion. And, my skills center around on the quirks of personality rather than fast-paced action.
Although it took a while for me to wrap my brain around the story and the protagonist, Holli, I am super excited about Holli's misadventures and her cheeky approach to life.
For more about my works-in-progress and completed stories, click here.
There's a star in my website’s logo. You, amongst others, are wondering why.
She wrote the song Ideas are Like Stars, just for me, I'm certain.
...ideas are like stars / They fall from the sky, they run round your head / They litter your sleep as they beckon...
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Her words describe how I feel about ideas: they are everywhere, they are innumerable, they are magical.
As an unrepentant night person, I've always had a fondness for stars. On a clear night—as with creative writing ideas—the more you look, the more you see.
Not going to lie: writing and imagining take priority.
As do naps.
And reading in front of the fireplace on rainy nights.
But when I have good news to share—as in call-your-girlfriend-at-2am-kind-of-YOU-WILL-NOT-BELIEVE-THIS-news, I will send out some email love.
It’s always more fun to share good news with friends.