I’ve had people ask me if I would ever want the life of one of my characters. Short answer. No. A lot of people think that authors write characters they would want to be. I can’t speak for everyone, but I wouldn’t want to be in any of my heroine’s shoes. They’ve usually had something tragic happen to them. Sometimes, they’re emotionally constipated. Sure in the end, they change, and the journey is exciting, but I like my nice, quiet (most of the time) life. The heroine in my newest release is a dead woman. So is the heroine in my WIP. Bummer.
Sure, sometimes a pinch of my personality may creep into a heroine, but that’s about it. I have a character that rambles a lot and strays off topic. I do that sometimes, but this woman brings attention deficit disorder to a whole new level. No way would I want to be in the position I’ve put her in. She’s had a rough life. A sadistic husband, a mother that doesn’t really care about her, father has passed, and lost a child. Things got so bad, she killed herself. But in the end, she got her HEA.
I wanted to be Cinderella when I was a little girl. To be carried off by a handsome prince was my favorite fantasy. Now that I’m older, I had to rethink that. Cinderella had to put up with some serious crap before she got the prince. Being bossed around by two hateful women, and her only friends were rodents. I sorry, but mice and rats give me the willies.
What’s your favorite story? Would you spend a day in the character’s shoes?