Hi! Lindi here! One day post Mother’s Day. I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day!
I wanted to announce that Priscila and Juliejob were the winners of a copy of Uptown Flirt! If you send me your email address, I’ll get that copy to you! (authorlindip at gmail dot com.)
Mother’s Day got me to thinking about moms and reading and writing. Let’s just say my mom was scratching her head when she started reading my books.
My first published book, Her Best Catch, Allison’s mom was widowed and acting sixteen when it came to dating. My second published book, Summer’s Song, Summer’s mom was plain mean and manipulative and trying to get everything she could out of her famous daughter. Then, in my third published novel, Rich in Love, Ann’s mom had left her to do mission work around the world.
The way I see it, as a writer, if a girl can count on her mom what does why would she turn to the hero. Right? I know there are amazing romances out there with heroines who have awesome, always there moms. I have written a couple of them. But, I find it more interesting for my heroines to have challenges of all kinds. Sometimes including the mother.
My mom, who also is one of my Beta readers, has started to read my next books with this mindset. “What kind of crazy mother will this girl have?”
I really like writing quirky, funny and different moms. They often make the story interesting and can cause the heroine conflict. That conflict sometimes can push the hero and heroine closer together. In Summer’s Song, the hero, Levi, had a difficult upbringing. He was annoyed with the way Summer’s mother was treating her, yet he showed her how to see the good in her.
In Her Best Catch, Allison learned a lot about her mother. As Allison was starting to have a relationship with Ashton, she saw certain aspects of her mother that needed attention. Allison saw her mother in a different light as a result of her relationship with Ashton.
Rich in Love’s Ann’s mom was a missionary. She and Ann traveled the world together doing mission work, but when Ann became a teenager she wanted to stay in the States and go to school and do teenager type things. Ann’s mom chose to continue the mission work, so Ann lived with her Aunt Venus. When Ann meets the hero, accountant Brett, she quickly learns he’s leaving the accounting life to go and be a missionary. Uh, oh? How does Ann reconcile this? It was a process for sure!
Here’s our question for today. What types of moms do you like to read about? Stable, family-type moms who are there when their girl needs them? Quirky, sometimes difficult moms? I’d love to hear what some of your favorite books are with moms in them, or how about a true fun mom story that you would like to share?
Here’s to moms everywhere!