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?