Thanks Leah, for letting me stop by on my blog tour!
Since November is the anniversary month of my first published book, I decided to go on a tour and chat and give stuff away!
The “theme” (I use the term loosely) is Writing Romance Is Like…
And every blog stop has a different comparison that will give you some insight into who I am, how I write and my slightly weird sense of humor. Oh, and you can win stuff! Every commenter gets entered for a chance at a book from my backlist. And if you really want to have some fun: follow me around to all the stops on the schedule (on my website) get the answers to the questions (on the form on my site) and then e-mail them to me by December 15th to get entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com or MyBookstoreandMore.com. Come join the fun!!
A Grown-up Hallowe’en Party
Okay, maybe it’s a few days late, but the Halloween party comparison does apply (even if I don’t write paranormals). At a good Halloween party you get to dress up. You get to pretend, be someone (or something) else. Maybe even try something new. It’s expected, encouraged, applauded even.
Writing is the same. In a good work of fiction, romantic or otherwise, it’s expected, encouraged and applauded if you can pull your readers in and make them forget about the real world around them for awhile and care about the characters—even want to know them or be them on some level. As a reader and a writer I live vicariously through the characters between the covers of the book. In fact, as a writer it’s even more fun sometimes because I can make my girls wear things I’d never pull off, say things I’d never dream of saying, go places I’ve always wanted to go, have sex in places I would never (probably) have sex… well, you get the idea. For instance, I had a heroine throw a cell phone at her boss—who hasn’t wanted to do something like that?
I had a hero who undressed the heroine in a store dressing room. Who hasn’t done something like… Anyway, the point is, reading and writing romance is a fun way to see what it’s like to be someone else for awhile and take a break from the real world. I wouldn’t tolerate some of the mega-alpha heroes in my life for long, or the spies who are always jetting off on secret missions, or the save-the-world-but-I’m-never-home-for-dinner guys—but for a few hundred pages I can definitely let my imagination wander. I think that’s one of the best things about all fiction really.
But it can be a tough balance—making characters relatable but also just enough larger than life to be fun to read about. They can’t be too over the top or they aren’t believable. But if they don’t do something a little bit beyond what Average Joe would do then we don’t care. Think about your favorite hero or heroine—what makes him or her real for you? And what makes them…even more? Are they fun, brave, confident, generous? For me, I love when the hero or heroine does something huge—a public spectacle—for the love of their life. Some of my favorite books have that scene. Because that’s something in my real world that doesn’t—and won’t—happen! 🙂 What is something that will always turn you off of a character? Or turn you on?
Thanks for stopping by today! Come with me next week too! 🙂
(November 9th: http://ErinNicholas.blogspot.com)
by Erin Nicholas
Adam wanted to keep her talking. He loved her voice, the look in her eyes and the few stolen moments where they were just a man and a woman getting to know one another. “If physical therapy is the perfect job for you,” he said, “Why were you working as a bartender when I found you?”
“Tony didn’t research that?” she asked.
“If he did, he didn’t tell me.”
“You didn’t ask?”
“I didn’t care.”
She looked at him for a several seconds. “You didn’t?”
“You were the best for Emily. That’s all that mattered.”
“Why does it matter now?”
It was his turn to think for a minute. “It doesn’t,” he finally admitted. “I was just curious.”
She gave him a little smile. “Then in that case, I’ll tell you.” She got up to refill her cup. “I resigned. The plan was for that to be temporary.” She turned to face him and leaned against the counter. “But then I threw my cell phone at my boss, gave him a black eye, and ended up fired…forever. Then I marched into a public ceremony and called the philanthropist of the year an asshole. Which means no one else will ever hire me.” She shrugged. “Except you, of course.”
Adam wasn’t sure what to say, or do. Blinking seemed to be all he could manage.
“I can’t believe you didn’t hear about it.”
He was thinking the same thing. “I’ve been…distracted,” he said as explanation.
“Still, you must know Dan McCormick. Surely you have acquaintances in common.”
“Dan McCormick?” A thought occurred to him. He’d heard Dan had been named something-of-the-year. “Dan’s the asshole?”
“Oh, you have no idea,” she said emphatically.
“But he was the one you publicly denounced?”
She nodded and sipped from her cup, watching him process what she’d told him.
“Did you know that Dan and I were engaged?”
He stopped with his cup partway to his mouth. “You were engaged to Dan McCormick?”
“How did you know that I was the major fundraiser for the rehab wing at the hospital and came up a million dollars short but not know that the million was supposed to be my wedding present from Dan and when we broke up he took the money with him?”
The words, and their meaning, seemed to take an extremely long time to sink in. “Apparently Tony isn’t as good at research as I thought he was.”
Want to know more about Erin? Well, you can visit her website www.ErinNicholas.com or learn more about her on her group blog NineNaughtyNovelists.blogspot.com or her personal blog ErinNicholas.blogspot.com. Or you can find out about her books over at Samhain: http://samhainpublishing.com/authors/erin-nicholas
Note from Leah: Don’t forget to leave your email addy in your comment (put spaces on either side of the @ sign so spammers don’t harvest it) so Erin can contact you. Oh, and the contest will be open until 11:59 pm Sunday November 7 and the winner announced on Monday November 8th.