I write some of my characteristics into some of my characters. Also some of my life into some of my characters. My summer release called Love Encounters is based on an interracial relationship that began by working together. This is how I met my husband, through working with the same company. For him, race didn't matter and wasn't even a bleep on the radar. For me, I had two good friends and one of them had an issue with my relationship and the other was full on supportive. A tiny bit of that angst is in the book.
I can't recall if I've ever written a heroine completely opposite of me before.
Has your writing helped you see events in your own life clearer?
Yes, it has. In my Winter release, "A Dad for Christmas", deals with a widowed mother of two having to move away from the house she shared with her deceased husband to a new state and start life over with her new job. Determined to provide a good life for her children she plows forward with what she must do, but she gets side railed by the hunky, neighbor who always seems to help her when she needs it. The heroine in this story realizes in the end that in order for her to move forward with a new love, she must let go of deceased husband. I'm not sure how that happens in the real world but as I wrote the book, the ending surprised me.
Hum, yes. That's an interesting question. A long time ago, I started 2 book series about three friends going on a cruise together. Each of the ladies had a solid piece of personal characteristic of mine.
*Melanie- is the woman who was very competitive and wanted to show a particular man that she could do anything just as well as he could, ranging from lifting heavy weights to rock climbing on the ship. Then at night she could put on an evening dress and look sexy as sin. She is a risk taker and doesn't back down from a good time.
Cassie - is the woman with a naive and innocent streak through her. She is a nurturer by nature and loved working with kids. There's a bit of timid but eagerness running through her vein.
Marla - is the woman who usually is the glue to this three ring friendship and was the one to plan this outing. She's all business, most of the time but has a deep respect for friendships. She is the most practical.
I never realized it before this question was asked but if you combine all three of these women into one, they'd be pretty close to the woman I used to be.
Be sure to Hop on over to my writing pal's blog to see how she answered these very same questions-Collette Cameron http://blueroseromance.com
See you next week!