Have you read a book and said, “Hey! I’ve done that!” at least once? Do share your stories in the comments below for a giveaway (giveaway ends Saturday, July 13, 2019).
There I was, writing and cooking on the same day, as I have done for years. This time, I was revising Call You Home, Book 10 in my Savannah Sweethearts series. This novel is about two chefs trying to save a family restaurant, so I wrote a lot of scenes set in a commercial kitchen. As you know, kitchens are pretty dangerous places. Fires, cuts, falls, you name it.
While I was revising some of the restaurant scenes one day, I was also cooking a giant pot of chicken soup in my kitchen around the corner from my office. Well, the water was boiling. So I rushed from my home office to the kitchen to take the chicken out of the soup, the next step in the recipe. The long-handled tongs in my hand suddenly snapped underwater and splashed hot boiling water all over my face and chest. Thank God I was wearing glasses, so they protected both my eyes. But the rest of me… Let’s just say I was scalded at a few places and now have new scars for the rest of my life.
I remember thinking: Wow. There I was writing about an imaginary kitchen, and here I am scalded for life by hot chicken soup. Thank God for protecting me, especially my eyes!
In the same novel, I required my chefs to cook or mention dishes. Well, I also tried to cook some new dishes in my kitchen in real life. I didn’t like some of the dishes I tried in the making of this novel. Fortunately, my family was collectively a good sport (either that or they were starving because Mom was busy writing a book) and they ate what I cooked. I won’t cook those dishes again, let’s just say.
In Wish You Joy (Savannah Sweethearts Book 9), the book before Call You Home, one of my main characters locked her keys in her car. She didn’t mean to do it, but there she was. It was in the middle of a hot July day in Savannah, Georgia.
Have you locked your keys in the car before, or misplaced them somewhere? I’ve done it quite a few times myself. And my family members have too. No, I don’t have one of those newer keyless cars.
And maybe you haven’t, but I have also locked myself out of my own house. Life happens.
What about the books you’ve read? Anything sounds familiar?
Readers have told me that they have found other things familiar to them in my books. I do have quite an active imagination (much needed as a novelist), so I can imagine a lot. Some of the things that have happened to my characters do not happen to me in real life, so don’t think that everything I write about is from my own personal experience, especially in my other genres (suspense, for example).
Even in my contemporary Christian beach romances, I myself have never been a police officer, private investigator, or real estate agent, and so forth, but I have written about them. Yes, I know people in those professions, and I have asked them questions while researching for my books.
What about you? Have you read a book and remembered doing something similar to the characters in real life? Any funny stories you’d like to share?
What about this also: Have you read a book and go, “I would never do that!” You know, like skydiving? Or maybe you have gone skydiving. Do tell!
A random reader from the comments section will be chosen to win the first three books in my Savannah Sweethearts series of Christian beach romances, that I’ve boxed up as Markers (Savannah Sweethearts Prequel & Books 1-2). This boxed set is also in Kindle Unlimited.
Ask You Later is about an artist and the non-artist daughter of a gallery owner, Know You More is about a single pastor seeking God’s will for his personal life, and Tell You Soon is about a private investigator and the real estate agent trying to sell his house.
Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend in the Lord!