This week's question is from Xio Axelrod author of the wildly popular The Calum- Her question is about how much of myself do I lend to my characters? What traits do my characters have that come from me? And if not me, someone in my life. Well, this was an easy question...
Another trait I share with the women I write about is their strong sense of loyalty. Once I consider someone a friend, I will always have their back. My characters tend to have a lot of women friends, something I personally find necessary.
They're also very family oriented. Family means everything to them and they like to spend as much time as possible with those they love. Although, I threw my latest character, Malin Eckert for a loop when I gave her a sister she had no idea about. But even then, Malin maintained her calm and dignity in dealing with a teenager living under her roof.
And they are smart, savvy business women. They don't mind working hard because they see the payoff for their labor in the future. That's how I roll, too.
That's it, short and simple. My characters share the traits I like about myself. I'm just thankful this week's question wasn't about which traits that I don't like about myself end up in my characters. This might have been a much longer post.
I'm curious about which of your own traits you like to read about in a story.
With the right amount of nurturing, love will bloom.
This close to Valentine’s Day Malin Eckert’s flower shop is entering their busiest season. As if the added work isn’t enough, her father’s drinking has spiraled out of control and Mal discovers she’s been named guardian of a fifteen-year-old sibling she never knew about. To make matters worse, Mal’s crushing on a customer, a serial dater who drops by the shop with alarming regularity to send flowers to other women.
Gunnar Sims never had the best luck with women, a fact that doesn’t stop his growing attraction to his florist. His new business is losing money and he should be concentrating on that, but instead finds Mal an enticing distraction.
In spite of her best intentions to keep Gunnar firmly in the friend zone, Mal finds herself falling for the classically handsome gym owner. As her affection for Gunnar and her sister, Gabriella, grows, Mal’s heart hangs in the balance when it appears both could be taken away from her.
Content Warning: Hard bodies, spoiled princesses, and a levelheaded
woman who knows how to smell the roses.
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