Writers often talk about the voices in their head. I know this is true for me, with some characters I've written speaking louder than others. This week on Romance Writers Weekly, S. C. Mitchell asks:
Tell us about the people living in your head right now. Do an interview with the hero and/or heroine of your current work in progress or your latest release.
If you joined me from the wild and crazy, Tracey Gee, welcome! If you're starting here, be sure to follow the hop all the way through. Tracey's sure to have some interesting characters to introduce you to!
I am current working on the middle book in a trilogy. The first is sitting with a publisher waiting for a decision, which is making me anxious to get going on this story. That anxiety hasn't helped, because it's causing me to freeze at the keyboard. Also, I've never written a series before, and another issue I'm having is that the characters from the first book are still so vivid in my mind that I'm having trouble getting into the heads of my new hero and heroine. So this will be a great exercise for me!
I'll stick with the heroine of my new story. Josephine Bendixon is the youngest of three sisters. In book one she has a few scenes, and when I wrote her she was flighty and indecisive and vaguely irresponsible. Now that I'm working on her book, though, I've learned a few things. I'm going to let her tell you more about herself.
"I get where you're coming from, Brenda. I do appear a bit of a goofball to people. But that's just the shell I hide behind. All I want is to be needed. My sisters are quite a few years older than I am, and they've always looked out for me, taken care of me. I don't want to sound ungrateful, but they can't seem to get out of the habit of it. So when I offer to help them—the family business is going through a bit of a bad time—they pat me on the head (figuratively) and tell me not to worry. I want to worry! I want to be an adult they rely on. I'm twenty-four years old for pity sake!
Of course, I can be my own worst enemy. I seem to get myself into situations where I am doomed to fail. And it doesn't look good that I’m still living in my parents' house. Let me explain—I'm not living with them. They're on a cross-North America RV trip, and I'm house-sitting while they're gone. But before they left, yeah, I might have still be living at home.
Then there's Luke. He was a friend of my sister, Mattie, during high school. They've lost touch a bit now, but we run in the same circles so it wasn't unusual for me to see Luke a few times a year just by accident. Now I'm helping him with a concert in the park he's doing with his teenage music students. I get the feeling he doesn't want me around, but there's no way I can quit another project I started. My sisters already think I've got to staying power. So he's just going to have to put up with me.
If you asked my sisters, they'd say I've had a crush on Luke since I was a kid. They're wrong. Sure, he's handsome and sweet and all that, but he's never looked twice at me. I'm just Mattie's kid sister. It's kind of relaxing, actually, not to have to worry about impressing him as a woman. I can be myself around him."
Hmm…that last line is something new to me. I knew Jo didn't have the crush her sisters thought she had, but the thought that she's more "herself" around him than other guys is interesting. Interesting enough that maybe I should go do some writing…
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