Last night I had the privilege of taking my almost-five-year-old grandson “Boo” to see a spectacular fireworks display to celebrate America’s independence. While I enjoyed the beautiful and well-choreographed explosions of light, I found my eyes often straying to watch Boo’s face.
The excitement and amazement glowing in his eyes as he oohed and aahed with the rest of the crowd was even more heartwarming than the fireworks themselves. Seeing the display through his eyes made the whole experience different. Better. Thanks be to God for the opportunity to spend time with my Boo.
In a similar vein, that is how writers (or I, at least) approach our characters in our novels. Without really thinking about it, I somehow shift my mind into my characters’ heads, where I am seeing the world through their eyes. Since I write romance, that means I shift back and forth between my hero and heroine and embrace the differences between the way men and women perceive their lives.
Just like the joy that floods my heart when I see my grandson enjoying fireworks, it’s an utter delight to walk in my characters’ shoes, to see what they see and feel how they feel.
It’s particularly interesting to me having framed what initially started out as a three book mini-series and is now going on twelve books (in three series) located in the same fictional town, Serendipity, Texas. Each of my characters experience the town differently based on their current needs and outlook of life. Especially given that I continue to write books set in the same town, as hard as it is, at the end of my current work-in-progress, I have to wave good-bye to my beloved characters so I can embrace the next couple who plans to make Serendipity their home.
In real life, I think when we make a conscious effort to see the world through the eyes of others, we become more loving and empathetic toward them. Our hearts are greatly expanded by having a greater compassion towards those around us, strangers, family and friends.
I am so pleased to announce that Harlequin is doing a special release of the very first two books I ever set in Serendipity as a two-for-one classic edition. If you missed where it all began, now is your opportunity to catch up!
Deb Kastner’s next release, a two-for-one classics edition of Phoebe’s Groom and The Doctor’s Secret Son will be available mid-July.