It's Labor Day in the United States, which is a holiday that celebrates the achievement of American workers. That got me thinking...
A couple of months ago I read a news article about an evolutionary psychology research study on Harlequin book titles. Part of the research was listing the 20 most frequently occuring professions in 15,000 Harlequin titles published between 1949 and 2009.
The top professions were:
1. Doctor (388 titles)
2. Cowboy (314 titles)
3. Nurse (244 titles)
4. Boss (142 titles)
5. Prince (122 titles)
6. Rancher (79 titles)
7. Knight (77 titles)
8. Surgeon (77 titles)
The finding surprised me, but it also proved to me that the titles don't tell the whole story. Romance heroes and heroines have so many more interesting occupations and professions. They can be anything from artists to assassins -- or both!
Right now I'm reading The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie. The hero is a professor and the heroine is a professional storyteller, or as the hero sees it, a professional liar.
What are the characters' occupations in the book you're reading right now?