When you choose a book, do you go for fantasy; a world that is new and unexplored, a real of creatures and mystery, or do you like something contemporary…closer to real life?
Even in fantasy at times an author can incorporate real life experience and twist it to something out of the ordinary. I do like reading Science fiction and fantasy from time to time, but my real passion is contemporary.
As I have mentioned in some of my past posts, contemporary has many subgenres. I won’t go back over that, but I like both modern contemporary and historical.
I like historical to delve back into a time that once was. I like the thought of living in a castle, sexy knights that can save the day…but I like them to feel real.
I like to see characters that I can relate to with problems I have. Some that can’t be fixed..fixed. I think that is why I love contemporary romance so much. These characters face day to day struggles some we can only dream about.
I like the fiction thrown in with the problems always solved and the hero or heroine happy at least for now. I like modern day settings in city’s I dream to see. This way I feel like I am on a trip. I like to be able to put myself in the characters place.
I love realism in a story. In each of mine, there is a little bit of me. It may be something small like how I drink my coffee, favorite meal, an old date gone wrong or gone right, you name it I may toss in a bit. I sometimes see someone the way the walk or dress and think…what an awesome character. This is how I got my character for a book I have in my files. I was sitting on the parking lot of Walmart and saw this girl trouncing across the parking lot that was a bit slick in high heels and leggings she had her hair in a ponytail just swinging. I jotted her down on my ever-present notebook I keep in the vehicle. I also saw an excellent character in a big burly black man with dreads.
Baseball Bats and cowboy hats are pure fiction. I got the idea watching a prospect league game in Hannibal with my dad and brother. They talked about team host families, and I thought what a great idea my character can host a team. The romance part had to be an older woman and younger man since the players are college men. I hope I can make this a fresh take on this romance trope. At the moment, I don’t know who Annie will choose between a couple men so we will all be surprised.
I plan to post snippets on Sundays from Baseball bats and Cowboy Hats with my word count and am beginning a page with daily lines as well. So check back here on Sunday to see how I am doing and cheer me on I will need it! Here is my new page BaseBall Bats and Cowboy Hats if you would like to follow along with this stories daily progress and perhaps help me out if I get stuck!
How much real life do you to see in a story?