Mostly I write what I would like to read. So generally it is not complex, it is not gruesome, and it is not strife with a page or two of happiness at the end. (Oh how I hate it when I watch a movie or read a book and I get only two minutes or two pages of the characters finally being together and happy). Generally, my books are written in two parts—getting together and then staying together. I enjoy seeing the evolution of two souls and giving the reader a good juicy picture of how their life turns out. This way we get to explore how the feisty personalities will work! My characters tend to be strong, intelligent and independent with a dash of stubborn. In my series, characters from previous books play a significant secondary role in the plot. This way the reader can see how their life turns out.
Critics often claim that I write historicals with modern dialogue. It’s true! It’s on purpose! I like my books to be funny and for my characters to interact in an easy to read fashion. But mostly, I want them relatable. Usually there is a meaningful theme that although set in the past is relevant to us women today. In my different series, I have explored faith, how one sees themselves vs how other sees them, pride, how the past can affect daily activities of today, etc.
I try to balance between that need and desire to have perfection in our characters with reality. Aye, the women are beautiful, but not necessarily follow traditional beauty definitions. Sometimes it is their inner strength and determination what makes them so desirable. Some have bad burns, missing eyes, stuttering, etc. but in my mind, they are truly all gems.
I once heard Will Smith on an interview talk about the game golf. He said it was the one game in which you can experience every known emotion to man in a single round. Sheer joy, frustration, anger, jealousy, sad, contentment, arrogance, etc. Maybe I try to aim for the same thing in my books.
I am curious to know from my readers what really bothers them in a book and what really makes them fall in love with a book. For example, I hate short happy endings and love follow on stories where I get to hear more about my favorite people from past stories. Share your thoughts here. I'll pick two winners. One will receive a book from my Highlander series and the second winner will receive a book from my A Woman Made For... series!
***Michele's winners are June M. and Stephanie! Please drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing info!***