This week's challenge comes from Victoria Barbour. She asks:
If your life was a romance novel, what subgenre would it be, and why would your hero be amazing? Also, what would you call it? Can you write a blurb for it?
If you joined me from Kathryn Renard, welcome!
There's no getting around it – the genre of my life is strictly contemporary. No ghosts or dragons, spies or assassins, dukes or duchesses in sight. And while angst-ridden lives make for the best romance novels, I am very thankful that mine is generally happy and fulfilled (I say "generally" because I am superstitious – don't want to jinx anything!).
The reasons my hero is amazing are legion. We met at our local TV and radio station broadcast centre more than 28 years ago, where I was a writer/producer of commercials and he was the production cameraman. We still work together today, although our roles of changed. In fact, he's now the General Manager, something I am very proud of!
We are often asked how we can live and work so closely together. I won't speak for him, but as for myself – I can't imagine life any other way. At work, I respect his talent, skills and dedication, and at home – well, he's my best friend.
Here's my shot at the blurb that would best describe our lives leading up to our engagement.
Too practical – or cowardly – to try and make a living as an author, she backs into a career in broadcasting. When she's offered a job at her hometown's small television station, she takes a deep breath and dives in, despite the fact she's only been trained in radio.
He's fascinated with television production, and has already worked his way up from a part-time control room job to cameraman. But his dreams don't stop at this northern town's minor market station, and a newbie producer who doesn't know a white balance from a rack focus isn't going to stop him.
Neither of them are looking for an office romance. Then why does working together feel like something so much more?
I guess because it was more – as evidenced by 25 years of marriage this May.
That wasn't as hard as I thought it might be! But Marc Stevens, whose up next, might have a bit of a challenge – considering he's a fictional character. How does a made up man write a blurb about his real life romance? Check it out here.