Romance Weekly: Week 16

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Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn’t you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well, you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all…… About our writing of course! Every Tuesday we’ll all answer the same questions and after you’ve enjoyed the blog on this site, we’ll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride. Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

How much of yourself do you write into your characters? Or do you write
characters opposite of you?

Every character, good or bad, has a part of me. I pretty much answered the first part of this question in a blog that I wrote a few weeks ago, so you can refer to that one rather than have me repeat. But for the second part, do you write characters opposite of you, I do that as well. Growing up I was not in good physical condition at all. I suffered from asthma and that really impeded my activity. Mainly caused by my parents restrictions. So I write characters that are very physically fit, very much into physical activity, and very much controlling through aggression, since that’s not what I was able to release as a child.

In my next psychological thriller, the antagonist is going to be a lot like I was as a child so I’ll probably answer this question again, same time next year, with enough detail to make you cringe, or cry or beg, “Please don’t kill off this killer!”

How has your writing helped you to see events in your own life clearer?

I don’t think it has. Writing has been a catharsis. I’ve gotten rid of people that drive me nuts, in novels. However, in Gemini, my debut novel soon to be published by Black Opal Books, as I just signed a contract recently, there are no characters that are anyone I know in my present day real life. Everyone is fictionalized, except for two. See the third question, please.

Have you written a character with more of your personal characteristics than any other? What are they?

In Gemini, my personal characteristics that I included in the characters, the antagonist, Barbara Montgomery, and the protagonist, Dr. John Trenton, were my academic characteristics, my motivations and my conflicts in career,ย my drive to be successful. Internally, I am not like them at all. I never experienced abuse in my childhood, as did the antagonist, but I did have the overprotectiveness of parents like that of Dr. John Trenton. They’re named after my parents, Esther and Sam, both deceased.ย  But life- wise, they’re nothing like my parents. Oh wait! There is something about my mother. My mother Esther, was very open talking about sex. Esther Trenton is also very open about asking her son John about his sexual adventures. What’s on her mind is on her tongue. And therefore, Dr. Trenton is also very open about talking about sex and engaging in sex. Maybe that’s why I’m so open about writing sex! Something to think about. That’s right, always blame the mothers! Um, a very good point to end this blog on.

I hope you enjoyed this blog. Please feel free to post your questions.

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Now please continue the blog tour with another awesome writer, Jeana E. Mann at http://JeanaEMann.net

The Mind Behind The Crime,

Ronnie

 

 

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14 Comments

  1. I really like that you shared part of your childhood with us and explained how this has significantly impacted our writing. I had some challenges in my childhood (growing up in the foster care system) and my characters often work in tandem to help raise their children. Funny how things never leave you. Great post!

    • Hi Tessa, Thank you! Yes, there are some childhood memories that never leave us, even though we try hard to forget. I’ll definitely explore more of my wounds in my next book. In Gemini, it was mote of my strengths that I shared.

  2. Great post Ronnie, so happy about your contract. I had hippie parents, so sex, rock and roll, Marx, pretty much anything was on the dinner discussion table. (No wonder my friends never came for a second meal)

    • Hi Kim, I think my parents scared away a few too, mainly men. My mother had a name thing. She’d only like them if she could pronounce their last name. LOL So with Bob, Allen was an automatic like!

  3. So do I write sex because it was never ever talked about at home ๐Ÿ˜‰ Two of my characters in Hot as Blazes are named for very close friends whom I never had closure with.

  4. I’ve used my children and grandchildren’s names in my books. The weirdest thing about the characters named after my children is, my daughter’s husband (written many many years before she married her first husband) turned out to have the same name as the hero and my oldest son married a woman much like the heroine (names are very close too) of his namesake character. They are all waiting on their youngest brother to settle down to see if ‘mom’ got it three for three LOL.

    Loved your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks J.J. Wow! Definitely some intuitiveness going on there for you! And I bet you love your daughter-in-law too!

    • Hi Mishka, It is fun to do. I thinks that’s why I write heroes opposite to me. They give the thrill ride I didn’t have growing up.

  5. I think it’s very interesting why we create the characters the way we do. I’ve used names of deceased family members in my books too and a couple characters have been modeled after family members who have died.

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