I Can’t Hear Well Enough to Do It

Return Engagement

This week’s topic was “Have you overheard a conversation and added it in some way to a story?”

I’ve thought about it, and, no, I don’t think I ever have. I’m a little hard of hearing so it would be tough to overhear a conversation anyway, LOL.

I have, however, included conversations I’ve had with my husband. (Just the way our Monday Fox did.) My husband gets to proofread my manuscripts even if he doesn’t want to. He usually has some type of criticism of my characters. One of my favorite characters is Richard Lovinggood from Return Engagement. I still think he’s absolutely dreamy. I had one romantic scene in the book where Richard sent small gifts to his love every hour on the hour one day. My husband read that and scowled at me. “I don’t like that. He’s trying to buy her love.” I didn’t think so because the gifts weren’t expensive. One of them was a giant Hershey’s kiss. Another was a couple of mylar balloons.

Anyway, he was reading my manuscript of Turnaround Farm, and to my surprise he said, “I really like this. Dan is a great hero.”

I thought about that for days but couldn’t figure it out. Dan’s great, no doubt about that, but I still liked Richard better. (Richard made an appearance in Turnaround Farm. He married Dan’s cousin Elizabeth.” It wasn’t until the book came out and I was looking through it that I realized why my husband liked Dan. Dan was based on my husband. It was all there, from his dislike of parties to his determination and everything in between. No wonder he liked Dan!

So, that’s about as close as I can come to adding real world conversations to a story. Maybe I should crank up my hearing aid and try to hear something really good! Maybe one day.

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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5 Responses to I Can’t Hear Well Enough to Do It

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I think it’s natural that our heroes share characteristics with our husbands. They’re the guys we spend the most time with, so they’re the ones we know best. My hubby won’t read my manuscripts, but if I ask him what he would do in a certain situation, he’ll answer.

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    That’s a terrific anecdote about your hubby liking that character that you didn’t — at the time — fully realize was inspired by hubby’s own characteristics.
    I’m wondering if your Hubby realized — at the time he read that story — that he was reading a character “based” (at least in part) on him.


  3. I have trouble with my husband and my writings in that he takes every man as a reflection of him! It’s a problem here, even when the reflection is good. Mine wouldn’t complain that the man was buying the woman’s love so much as he’d think I was complaining that he never bought marathon presents for me.
    We don;t need a marriage counselor, but we could use a referee.


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