As a reader, I love stories of smart, capable women making it in a men’s world. Their successes are satisfying, even more so when the author has them collaborate, not compete with other women. There is something about the heroine archetype in a mystery that makes me want to go there time and again. Write her, too.
Against that backdrop, I’ve been shaping my own writing and yet come out with a focus on writing romance, opposed to what seems the direction many other writers are going. Of course, there’ll be drama. There will likely be bad guys. I’ve realized over the years that I have a love for characters that are torn and haunted by the things and people they are passionate about--makes for fun introspection. I love it in a mystery, and in characters whose story is completely different from your favorite Hardboiled. Besides, there are just not enough happy-ending lesbian love stories around.
Of course, the sad stories are necessary and relevant to show the ugly face of prejudice, but if we want to believe that things are changing to the better, we need that vision, too.
It can be hard to challenge a long-held conception. There’s a reward in learning, and growing, and maybe change a few preconceived notions along the way. Autumn Leaves is a love story first and foremost. It’s also about what can happen when people are challenged that way, and not just the two main characters.
PS: Please bear with me as I'm starting to figure out how this blog works, gadgets and all, and see you next Friday! Well...maybe earlier than that.