I’m in the planning stages of a new story and looking at career options for my heroine. It made me think about the occupations I’ve given to my heroines in previous books.
Chefs and former chefs feature—I like writing about food. Then there are accountants and bankers, advertising executive, dog nanny, gardener, and interior designer.
|I enjoy both reading and writing a chef heroine|
The heroine of my July release for Harlequin Romance The Bridesmaid’s Baby Bump, Eliza Dunne, is the Business Director of the party planning business she runs with the heroines of the first two books in the Sydney Brides mini-series: Gift-Wrapped in Her Wedding Dress (Design Director) and Crown Prince’s Chosen Bride (Food Director). The first two heroines in the series are the creatives, Eliza is the finance and marketing brains behind the business.
|I love a business savvy heroine|
I really enjoyed writing her story, as I have my other accountants and bankers. Why, I’m not sure, as I am practically innumerate myself. Maybe it’s because these fictional people are so different in aptitude to me and I get a chance to live another life through them!
|Then there are heroines in glamorous occupations, like fashion, media or entertainment|
I love reading about heroines (and heroes) in different occupations and businesses—and how it relates to their personalities and aims in life. Florist, nanny, cop, writer, artist, antique shop owner, doctor, nurse, horse trainer, secretary, fire fighter, veterinarian, librarian, mechanic, fashion designer, archaeologist—so many heroines, so many different jobs.
Do you have a favorite occupation for a heroine? Or an occupation that’s a no-no? Does it matter what job the heroine does? Please make a comment—I’d love to read your thoughts!
The three Party Queens books are published by Harlequin Romance in North America as the Sydney Brides mini-series. (Mills & Boon Cherish in the UK; Mills &;Boon Forever Romance in Australia and New Zealand.)
The Bridesmaid’s Baby Bump will be released on July 1, 2016 and is available for pre-order now.
Kandy Shepherd is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She lives on a small farm in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her family and a menagerie of four-legged friends.
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