It’s always fun to start on a new novel … and it’s work too. But hey, I’m a writer, and mulling about plot and characters on paper and then working to transform the ideas into real book equals “living the dream.”
As I sketched out basic thoughts for Almost Like Being in Love, my second novel in my Destination Wedding series, I ran into a mental roadblock with my hero, Alex. Chatting with Alex – yes, yes, I did just write that I “chatted” with an imaginary person. I do this via a written character interview. Me asking questions and my character answering. Stay with me.
Now where was I?
Oh, yes. Chatting with Alex – and all I discovered was how steady he was.
• He doesn’t do drama.
• His greatest dream is the “typical America dream: own a home, start a family.”
Alex wasn’t boring me . . . well, not exactly. But he wasn’t giving me much to build a story around. And to be honest, the fault didn’t lie with my imaginary character – but with me. I was the one creating him, after all.
I talked my character dilemma out with one of my mentors. Her advice was brief and brilliant: Rough him up.
In other words, I needed to figure out why Alex didn’t do drama – why he was so calm, cool, and collected, why home and family was so important to him.
So why do I share this with you, romance readers? Yes, I wanted to give you a glimpse of my writing process – the whole “talking to imaginary characters” procedure, which involves asking why, over and over again.
But I also wanted to ask you what kind of heroes you like: Do you like heroes who have been “roughed up” and have a past that makes them less than perfect? Or do you like heroes who have their act together, who know who they are, where they’re going, and live calm, cool, and collected?
Let’s put it to a fun vote: