Are there certain characteristics that pop up in most of your books?
The answer to this question is yes. To begin, my main characters are all good, ethical people. I write bad guys who are far from ethical, but my main characters could be called ‘the good guys.’ For example, in a romance novel I don’t want to read about a cheating hero or heroine. What would be the fun in that? My characters may make mistakes, but they never set out to hurt anyone on purpose.
That being said, I can’t stand perfect characters. Heroines especially are often portrayed as sweet, insipid little things who’d forgive the hero anything. He could choke her dog to death, and she’d say nothing about it. Of course, my hero is a good guy. He wouldn’t choke a dog, but you get the picture. Characters can have flaws and still be good people.
Second, all of my books so far are set in the United States. I’ve never lived in another country so I stick to what I know.
Third, my secondary characters are often family members of the main characters. This allows the reader a deeper understanding of who my hero really is.
Fourth, I don’t usually write sequels, but I did it with the Lovinggood family. Return Engagement is book one, and Blue 52 is the sequel. The Lovinggoods are larger than life and their exploits show it.
Fifth, my books are usually between 60 and 80,000 words. Purple Heart is novella length, but most of mine are longer.
Sixth, my work is on the clean side. You could loan my books to your grandma if you wanted to.
Last, there will always be a happy ending. I’d be disappointed if I was reading a romance novel and things didn’t work out for the hero and heroine.
There may be more characteristics that I’ve missed, but these are the ones that first come to mind. If you’ve read my work can you think of anything I ‘ve missed?