Back when I started writing, advice frequently popped up in writing articles and workshops: “write what you know.” And, when I kept writing and eventually became published, some of the comments from acquaintances implied that this principle surely must be true: if I was writing scenes in a book, then I surely must have personally experienced those careers, adventures, or situations. Of course, the answer to that misconception is that writers of paranormal and horror don’t really have monsters under their beds. :)
Well, though my life has never been quite as exciting as those of my heroines in my romantic suspense novels (thank goodness) –or even as eventful as the lives of the characters in my inspirational romance novels, I have to admit that I enjoy living through their adventures as I write. And, extensive research on careers, locales, and other details is aways a lot of fun. From the hundreds of emails exchanged with various helpful people, to hands-on experiences on a gun range, or travel-based research, it’s fascinating to always be learning more! And goodness knows, as any author will tell you, getting all of those research details is terribly important. Because if an author makes an error, a reader will catch it!
All of that said, I do love “writing what I know” when it involves pets, country life, ranching, horses or veterinarians, to name a few of my favorite topics. Our kids grew up having every possible kind of pet, which has proven to be good research material for some of my books. Though the kids are grown and all of those snakes, lizards, rabbits, and many other small, furry creatures are long gone, we still have our own, much smaller menagerie. That’s Sage up there–snoozing on the sofa, and his buddy Elmo was at the other end of it. The first ones on the sofa have first dibs, in the evening! :) They both were rescue dogs, and in my December book (An Aspen Creek Christmas) the heroine runs a small animal rescue–a topic dear to my heart.
And my next Love Inspired, Falling for the Rancher, was great fun to write because it involves not one, but two veterinarians, and horses. I’ve had horses since I was six years old, and even now, my husband and I live in the country and we have three mares. This one pictured at the left is from years back, but I still like this shot of her having fun. I tell relatives that If I ever end up in a nursing home, they should find one that faces someone’s horse pasture. If I am befuddled and cranky, at least that view would make me happy! :)
What makes you happy? Do you have sports or hobbies or other interests that make you feel content?
Wishing you all the best for a wonderful spring! (It is around the corner, right? I hope so!)