One question people always ask authors is how much of yourself is in your characters? The truth, for me at least, is that there is a little bit of me and the people I know in all my characters.
This is one of the reasons why I love writing so much. You can take a little hidden bit of your character, amplify it, and go on an adventure you would never have had. One of the most glaring cases in point is my character Annie Brannigan from Courting The Countess.
Now I’ve mentioned before how much I love cooking, creating and trying new recipes, and I enjoy sharing them on Instagram so much. So I took that part of me that loves cookery and tries her best to take care of her family, and create Annie—the perfect housewife, whom I could only aspire to be like.
Unfortunately, our respective love of our kitchens, cookery, and love of our family, is where our similarity ends. Unlike the wonderful Annie, I am the messiest, and clumsiest person you could meet. My family and I enjoy the food I cook and recipes I create, but the mess and carnage I leave behind would make Annie faint. I manage to skilfully use every pot and bowl we have to produce a meal. Cleanup is some big task, but I always argue that is because I have to make two separate meals every night, one normal meal for my darlin’ Lou, and one vegan plant based meal for me.
To be honest, even on nights when Lou is working late, and I’m cooking for one, strangely the mess is the same. Weird, I know.
Then my built-in clumsiness doesn’t help. I mean I just have to walk past the kitchen counters, and things just fly off. I’m swear I don’t even touch them!
Lou is quite used to hearing random sequels of pain, or items crashing on the floor coming from my general vicinity, wherever I am in the house. (I can’t tell you how many iPhone and iPad screens I’ve smashed.) :-o
I may never be the perfect domestic goddess like Annie, but for the length of writing the book, I can live in a world where cooking and baking are effortless, and things don’t randomly crash while the character walks past them—and I continue to aspire to do my best. ;-)
You can follow my stumbling cooking exploits, book readings and new book news on— Instagram jennyframe91
YouTube - The Romantic Plant Based Vegan
Also I have some exciting book news. I’ve just signed a new contract with Bold Strokes Books, for the third in the Royal Romance series. Royal Court will be out late December 2018.
You can listen to a short reading from my upcoming book, Charming The Vicar on YouTube- Vicar Snippet
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See you next month! :-)
9/11/2018 09:53:52 pm
I have just red Charming the Vicar. I loved the characters and their stories. I think the issue of choosing between faith and love was dealt with in a sensitive hopeful way.
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