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Friday, October 24, 2014

Luann McLane: Writing believable characters who deal with real issues…



Although Sweet Harmony is a story about Cat Carson and Jeff Greenfield who are both country music stars, I still strive to write characters with everyday issues and problems that readers can relate to.  Halfway through writing Sweet Harmony I realized that the personality quirks that Cat had was because she has ADD… attention deficit disorder.  I spotted this in Cat because my daughter Cara also has ADD.  Daydreaming, losing things, impulsiveness, jumping from one subject to the other and having trouble concentrating is something Cara has to deal with on a daily basis and it isn’t easy for her or the people who love her. 

In Sweet Harmony, Jeff knows that Cat has ADD because his sister Sara has it too.  Sara and Jeff grew up on a farm and Sara was always in trouble because she would forget to do her chores or leave things undone.  People with ADD are often considered thoughtless because they forget to do things and often show up late… but it is just as frustrating to them as it is to those who love them. But knowing and understanding the symptoms makes living with ADD much easier.  Like Cat in Sweet Harmony, Cara is open about having ADD and combats the symptoms with a large dose of humor.  “Sometimes it feels like my brain had a dozen tabs open all at once,” Cara says with a laugh.  She’s done research about ADD and now that she understands how her brain functions she is able to cope with it so much better.  “We all have something we have to deal with.  ADD happens to be my thing.”


Because Cat reminds me of Cara she is such an endearing character to me.  I hope that readers feel the same way about Cat too!  Leave a comment for a chance to win a signed copy of Sweet Harmony.

To read an excerpt of Sweet Harmony visit my website at: www.luannmclane.com.  You may also follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/writerlu, Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/writerlu/ and like me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorluannmclane


*** Luann's winner is Debbie Meredith! Please email totebag@authorsoundrelations.com with your mailing details!***

13 comments:

D Motto said...

I loved the book to begin with, but after reading it, I had more insight into my husband's brain. I think it was pretty cool to take away a social lesson on how people with ADD think differently while just enjoying a good read. Thanks!

lamclane said...

Thanks so much for sharing this with me. It's not easy to deal with but knowledge and understanding make all the difference in the world.

dsabinauthor.com said...

LuAnn, your books always ring true and your characters are always "real" people, whether its a baseball player, school teacher, short-order cook or country singer. That's why I love them so much. Well, that and the humor and, of course, the love scenes!

lamclane said...

Thanks bunches. I really do try to create real characters with flaws and fears. When a reader said that she wanted to smack Jeff upside the head I took it as a compliment. :-)

Judy F said...

HI Luann, I don't know what happened to my previous comment. I love your books and need to get to this one. Smooches

Debbie Meredith said...

Can't wait to get my hands on this book. Thanks for sharing your personal link to your characters. That makes the book even more special. Love sharing your wonderful work with others and knowing they enjoy your books as much as I do. Big hugs!

Jodi said...

Can't wait to get this book! My youngest was diagnosed with a learning disability last year. I've done lots of research and it explains so much about her and also myself.

Carrie E. said...

I'm so excited to read it! ! Your books are fabulous! !

Fedora said...

That sounds fabulous, LuAnn--how neat that Cat has such a special inspiration as part of her character!

erin said...

this book sounds so sweet and romantic :) Congrats on the new release!

Mary Preston said...

SWEET HARMONY sounds like such a fantastic read.

Joni said...

I'm looking forward to reading this book and about the common bond I share with Cat (and Cara). I was diagnosed with ADD when I was 30 that I was told I'd probably had my whole life. It interfered with my completing any project in a timely manner because my focus was constantly shifting. I still struggle with it today with organization in my home and hubby helps tremendously in keeping me from getting overwhelmed with the clutter I used to create from the many projects I'd have going at the same time. It's getting better now that I have an empty nest and no one else adding to my clutter! LOL

lamclane said...

thanks Debbie! As you might guess Cat Carson holds a special place in my heart.