Family Togetherness

This week we were asked if there are certain characteristics that pop up in our books. Since I write in a few different genres this was a little hard to think of. Is there something in all of them that I maybe didn’t realize?

I like my characters to be family-orientated. In Love Overcomes Arabella travelled with her sister across the country to be her support system. The sisters lived together. They were best friends. The rest of the family was close knit as well. They got along and are there for one another when times are rough. In The Second Life of Magnolia Maie Magnolia was raised by her brother after their parents passed away. He refused to give up and allow her to go to a home. The two of them were best friends, they could tell each other anything. They needed each other. In Jade: Out of the Ashes,  Jade, didn’t have a real family but the one person that was like an older brother to her protected her as best as he could from the cruelty of the woman who raised her.

I supposed the obvious characteristic that pops up in my stories is family loyalty and togetherness. I grew up in a close-knit family. Weekend sleepovers were with my cousins, my sister and I had monthly sister days where we would go to the movies, dinner, and just hang out at the mall, my brothers and I shared a lot of the same friends so we were always hanging out with each other. When my dad played the guitar I was right there to listen to him, even if I had friends over. My mom was always there; staying by my side whenever I was sick or had a rough day (and that was a lot). To this day my siblings and cousins are my best friends. My parents are still the ones I go to for advice on most things. It is natural for me to write close-knit families since that is what I was lucky enough to grow up with. I know that not everyone got to experience those kind of relationships as a child. I have started a story where the family was more dysfunctional but I haven’t been able to finish it yet.

Do you enjoy reading stories where the families are close to each other or do you prefer ones with a little more dysfunction?


About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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5 Responses to Family Togetherness

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Close-knit families are indeed a blessing. In stories where the main character comes from a dysfunctional family, he or she always longs for a family connection, and often searches for it. And in a romance, the idea of creating a family with close ties is what appeals to the one who doesn’t have it.

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    I certainly enjoy stories — whether movies or books — which feature strong family ties. That said, I’m a bit surprised that I have not written more of my own stories with such characters. As best I can recall, only one of my stories features siblings — Rescued By That New Guy in Town.
    On Thursday, you’ll learn more about what I * DO * tend to factor into my stories.

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  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Strong families are good, but I still enjoy reading about dysfunctional families. It depends on the storyline.

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  4. Nothing like a nice, cozy feel of a close family…I guess. There is definitely a place in the world for stories that encourage family togetherness, Angie. Basing stories on my family would be in the dysfunctional side, to say the least. Dysfunction, even in small degrees, is probably what more people can relate to . I am so glad that you truly appreciate your blessings. Keep spreading ideal families!

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  5. I agree with Elaine on this. It all depends on the situations developing in the story and what the plot needs to make the story interesting, believable, and exciting to the reader. Some of the families in my stories are totally dysfunctional, while others are harmonious.

    Families, no matter how we’d like it otherwise, are not always strong. But even with a strongly knit family, there are always problems that come up and moments of discord, if people are honest about it. We are humans, after all. 🙂

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