Photo courtesy of Heather Olinger on Unsplash

Photo courtesy of Heather Olinger on Unsplash

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, A Pretty Pickle.

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. Southern-fried drama on a stick!

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.

In A Pretty Pickle, I follow the primary tenants of women’s fiction—relationships, attitude, and spunk—and apply it to the small-town setting of reality-based Munro, Oklahoma.

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.

 

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