Thursday, December 26, 2013

My Favorite Things


Congratulations to "Tammy Y." and "Bn100", the winners of Robyn's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

As I wrote "Christmas Dinner," an author mentor commented that my thirty-year-old heroine probably didn’t have the same nostalgic love for eighties music that someone (ahem) my age would and that I needed to be careful of author bias creeping into my story. I laughed – how could any heroine I write not love Bon Jovi, Poison, the Cover Girls, or Wham as much as I do?

After speaking with some of my friends in their early thirties who had fonder memories of nineties music, I realized the author was right. I needed to be careful that my own likes didn’t creep too much into the heroine in a way that it would conflict with factors such as her age. I did, however, want to infuse special things in my life into each of my stories beginning with Christmas Dinner.

I decided on three favorites that represent my writing journey. They now appear in all of my books: my cats, public transportation, and Nancy Drew. Let me explain.

I always pay tribute to my cats, Sydney and Carly. Sydney, my nine-year-old orange tabby, passed away in 2009 at the veterinarian’s rather suddenly, and I didn’t get to say goodbye. The day after she died, I wrote what is now the prologue to Christmas Dinner as a way to deal with my grief. (Not to worry – Christmas Dinner is a super cute, laugh out loud romance.) Now, both Sydney and Carly (my gray tabby that I adopted shortly after Sydney passed away) show up in all my books. They might not necessarily be cats. For my June 2014 romance with Crimson, they’re cheerleaders and Sydney’s a bit of a tramp—perfect since I adopted the frisky feline after she had kittens.

My books have at least one scene involving transportation. "Christmas Dinner" started on a commuter train to work, where I scratched the first few lines on a notepad. It was such a cool coincidence that three years later, I received the offer from Crimson while riding the train home. My hero and heroine always have a funny scene on a train, plane, car, or bus as my special homage to where I was when I got “the call.”

I always mention Nancy Drew. Growing up, I read these books over and over and over. To honor this time that clearly influenced my love for reading, I always include some sort of line mentioning Nancy or the books. Ned even got a shout out recently because he was my first-ever book boyfriend.

As authors, many of us often inject a little piece of us into our stories. Knowing this, it makes me enjoy the books I read even more.

Best wishes for a New Year reading the books you love! 

Giveaway:
In honor of "Christmas Dinner," comment below on your favorite Christmas meal, and I'll give two commenters a choice between "Christmas Dinner" or "Destination Wedding," both romantic comedies published by Crimson Romance.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Dec. 27th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

6 comments:

  1. We had ham for Christmas dinner which I enjoyed but my favorite part is always the Christmas cookies.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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  2. We had Standing Rib Roast and French onion soup for Christmas dinner - it was delicious.

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  3. Robyn, Merry Christmas and I enjoyed the post. Cats, check, Nancy Drew, check--does having to ride the city buses in Nuevo Laredo for about 10 years count? LOL And I loved the bit about music--I think folks still know some of the songs I listened to, which were never rock anyway-and lo and behold--no. By demand of my grown kids and my grandkids--we have ham and homemade macaroni and cheese. Three 13 by 9 pans gone in an hour and a half yesterday, so it's all good. Continued success to you, Robyn, and joy, happiness, healthy and prosperity to everyone.

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  4. turkey

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  5. I have been thrown by a thirty-something hero citing a sixties TV as their favorite shows. But I admit, I have very ancient musical tastes, and I'm wondering if a younger person could appreciate classic Journey.

    One of the things I put in all my books is the man washing dishes. I have yet to write a book that doesn't at some point require the hero to grab a dishcloth.

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