I have to laugh at myself at being a romance author. (Well, I laugh at myself about a lot of things but that can be saved for another blog.) I spend most of my time reading nonfiction. My areas of interest include theology, politics and the supernatural.
“How varied!” You are thinking.
And indeed it is! Maybe that is why my story is so interesting. Yes! Finding Jane has all of that in one little romance novel!!
I am not sure what makes a great author, or better yet, a great storyteller. Should I be reading more fiction? Does that disqualify me from writing fiction? If I got one message from the movie, I Remember Mama (1948) it is to write what you know. Although most of my reading in nonfiction, my attempt at writing fiction is just my need to be creative in the best way I know how; and my need to use words. That is what I know!
I have to laugh, again at my need to use words. When I was younger….and I stress the “er,” I was reprimanded on numerous occasions by my boss to make my business communications (because email was just a new concept then) short and sweet. As you might surmise, I was rather wordy in my expression of thoughts. It took me many, many attempts to learn my skill of concise communication only to the point of being reprimanded by another boss that I was too direct by my lack of expressive use of words.
Uuuuuuuuuuugh! I would never get it right! Until now….
Now I am free to express as long and flowery as I want. Oh, what joy I am having! All for your benefit, of course! In Finding Jane there is no shortage of beautiful repartee among my characters. One of the many charming qualities of the book! I hope you will be soon be able to experience that for yourself.
With all that said and a slight digression of thought, I would love to know what you are reading and why. Let me know what is on your nightstand. I am curious what interests inspire your imagination.