Our house has been more like a merry-go-round than anything since my three girls reached adulthood. Hop on. Hop off. Hop back on again. And while we’ve always been happy to open our home to family, a couple of weeks ago we reached a new milestone—
The Empty Nest.
We still watch our grandson Boo several days a week, but wow, what a difference it is just the two of us. It’s so wonderfully, beautifully quiet—unless we don’t want it to be. We can crank our TV as loud as we want and not have to close the door because someone might be sleeping. We’re both night owls, so our schedule looks different than most people’s. We stay up really late, often into the early morning and then sleep late.
We’re hoping to get an RV soon so we can do a little traveling. I can take my writing and editing work anywhere, so the idea of seeing the US and Canada greatly appeals to us. Plus, now we have one daughter and her family (with my granddaughter) living in Washington state and another in Utah…two very good reasons to travel! And of course, there’s always The Texas Tenors to go see.
As I was sitting here thinking about what a big change this is in our lives, I got to thinking about my heroes and heroines and how I’ve mostly written heroes and heroines in their late twenties/to mid-thirties. I wonder what readers want and like?
So here’s my question—would you like reading stories with older heroes and heroines? Forties? Fifties? Sixties, even? What about those empty nesters? Is that just like eww, yuck, not appealing at all? Or are you perhaps wondering why more books like this haven’t been written? I’m leaning toward thinking an older hero and heroine might make for a very interesting story.
Let me know your thoughts and I may just write it!
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