Welcome to the second year of the Marketing for Romance Writers yearlong blog hop. This week, the writing prompt is:
How much of myself is in my writing?
Short answer: Less and less with each book.
Long answer: My first published novel contained a number of elements of my life. The setting was the Chicago neighborhood where I went to the University of Chicago. The heroine worked in a hardware store catering to apartment janitors; I made good money working summers as a union janitor.
The heroine played the oboe, as do I, and though I’ve written an inordinate number of characters who play my instrument, this book is the most musical of all. The hero was her conductor. The conflict between them was a class conflict between the working class woman and old-money hero . . . which was a strain I felt in my own life as the first guy in my family to graduate from university.
None of my fourteen following books have been nearly so autobiographical. Nowadays, there’s little of my life in my books, other than my general outlook on life.
- Intelligence is one of the most admirable qualities, so my heroines are always smart. I’ve struggled with a character in my current WIP who is a less than sharp tack.
- There’s usually a spark of humor hidden in even the darkest clouds. That’s where I get my site’s motto: Sci fi with romance and humor.
- And of course, love conquers most problems. I’m too much of a realist to say it conquers all — yet in my books, it does.
These three traits are all front and center in my December release, Rescuing Prince Charming. The heroine is one smart cookie, working on the construction of Earth’s first starship (trait #1).
She has a snarky tongue (trait #2).
And of course, love bridges all gaps between her and the alien prince she loves (trait #3).
What about you?
How much of yourself do you put into your novels? Be sure to check out the other writers taking part in this blog hop.