Once upon a time, an aspiring author was writing about a young college graduate who inherited her sister’s eight children. It was the first time the author had attempted to write in about fifteen years. I tell you this, because it goes to show just how much said author didn’t know about herself AS a writer. So when she became disgusted at the stereotypical parings in movies and books, a new idea sparked. You see, she noticed that in fiction (movies and books) attractive couples often meet and fall in love. She also noticed that an attractive woman often met a “geeky”, supposedly less attractive man in the whole “how did a guy like that score a girl like THAT?” kind of scenario. But rarely (and she couldn’t name even one) did the drop dead gorgeous guy fall for an average, overweight, bespectacled Jane Doe. And she wanted to do something about it.
So began yet another lesson on myself. I have writer’s ADD. Within three months of that, I had five books in progress, and as of today, I have over 150 either in print or in progress (over 250 in 2016). I get an idea and I run with it while I’m excited, because then when I have time to work on it, I have everything set and ready to fly.
Being one of my first books (and the first published) Noble Pursuits is both a favorite and a least favorite of mine. I made every publishing mistake possible with it (thankfully, most of them were corrected in a re-edit) but Grace is one of my absolute favorite characters. I just love how comfortable she is in her own (ample like mine!) skin. 😉 I love several scenes in that book–the mouse freakout being a favorite–and well, I’m particularly fond of the scripture switch too. People have asked me how I can stand Craig. Who says I can? They ask why I think it’s okay for a guy to be so overbearing about his adult sister. I never said I did. They’re characters, and sometimes, even people we love and appreciate are obnoxious and annoying. Grace handles it well–you know, with grace. 😉
I love Grace… Nolan. His friends–hers. And it really sparked quite a few other books. And that’s good, too.