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This weeks questions are brought to you by Julie Abindoor
1. What ages are your characters?
My heroes and heroines range from teenagers to their thirties. My novel, Fix You, follows the two main characters from their teenage years right up to their early thirties, with an epilogue set years later. I love following the journey that a character takes, watching how they age, how life affects them.
However, just like in any family, the supporting cast of characters range in age from newborn, right up to eighty. I love exploring the way different generations approach life and the many pitfalls it offers us, and having these secondary characters allows me to do this.
2. What special things or places inspire you to write?
I tend to find inspiration in the every day, not in special places or things. People watching is one of my favourite activities; if I’m waiting for a train or sitting in a restaurant I find my attention wandering over to the interactions between other people. The couple who are arguing, the mother and daughter who are in an intense conversation. I make up stories in my mind, giving them a history, a character, a motivation. For me it’s always about the ‘what if…’
3. What is the one message you hope women will receive when they read your stories?
I love writing about strong women who are faced with hard choices. Sometimes they make the right ones, and sometimes they are completely wrong. But what they learn along the way is that life is a journey, not a destination. Mistakes are normal, and human, and being a good person isn’t about avoiding them altogether. It’s about learning from them, making up for them, and trying to become a better person than you are today. I hope that this theme comes through in the stories I write.
These were thought-provoking questions, and I found them a real challenge to answer. Many thanks to Julie Abindoor for setting them. And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to www.ninamasonromance.blogspot.com and read Nina Mason’s answers!