Some of you might have read the title and thought that this was going to be about networking. Not so! I’ve relocated and reinvented myself a few times in my life. In today’s day and age I realize that this does not make me unique, but I do think that it is one circumstance, among many, that led to my desire or need to write. With every life change and subsequent move, I became separated from important people that helped define who I was at that time in my life. Distance and I are not the best of companions. To my dismay, I have fallen out of touch with people with whom I share memories that I will treasure forever. With the wonderful invention that is Face Book, while I still don’t have the opportunity to be present for all my loved ones special moments, or have those long heart to heart conversations, I am at least back to feeling connected.
Recently there has been some industry activity with the first two completed manuscripts in the Audubon Springs series that has pulled me away from my current WIP. During times like these, I find that I miss my characters in the way I miss the special people in my life. The townspeople of Audubon Springs are currently not happy with me. They want their story completed, and so do I! I happen to really love this one and I’d say that brother number three is quickly turning into my favorite hero. Saying that makes me I feel as if I’m cheating on the other two! Vince is a divorced single parent with an adorable and bright six year old girl. He is a man with many layers. Clearly I am drawing snippets from my husband’s relationship with our little girl. It is interesting to watch the complexities of Vince’s relationship with his daughter unfold while reconnecting with his high school sweetheart. As a father and man he has quite a different perspective on women than he did when he was a boy. He has much to prove to his lady love in order to reach their happily ever after. The fun in this one is how hard she makes him work. Marissa is a strong independent woman with a powerfully creative mind and spirit. In short, she could be any number of close women in my life, past and present.
This idea of staying connected got me to thinking that my writing is, in part, an expression of gratitude and love to all my friends and family. When asked which of her books was her favorite Nora Roberts responded with “Whichever one I’m currently writing.” Doesn’t that fall along the same lines of love the one you’re with? I could never choose just one person or moment or memory from my past as my favorite. As a writer, I’d say that I agree with her. While I love Vince’s brothers, and believe me…there is a LOT to love…there is something really special about this middle brother. Of course, it could just be that I miss him! 🙂