If I’m going to live with my characters long enough to write them, I have to like something about them. This doesn’t mean they don’t start off with annoying habits. We all have these and it seems to be part of human nature. My beloved DH has a tendency to like wearing the same three shirts over and over.

Makes me crazy.

I want him to branch out and give all the other shades that look great on him a chance. He likes bright. Oranges and reds, mostly. I have an acute awareness of color and shade and he’s very amenable to staying away from the ones that make him look really bad, but he continues to veer toward the “Charlie Brown” tendency to wear the same ones over and over.

Even really bright, funny, tremendously endearing people have their quirks. Truthfully, the quirks are what make characters seem real and alive. Perfect just doesn’t exist in this world, except perhaps in our fantasies (but let’s not get into that.)  Real people have idiosyncrasies and are sometimes annoying. My characters are, too. I have a much loved critique partner who is tickled to occasionally write characters that happen to set my teeth on edge–interfering mothers, for instance.

I can’t fault her on this, though, because our characters flaws help readers–and writers–identify more solidly with the heroes and heroines we write. We care more if the character leaps off the page into our heads as a full-blown individual. We hear readers talking about “book boyfriends” and this can only be a compliment to the writer because it means the reader can see this character. Not a perfect guy, I’ll bet, but an endearing one.

Author Interview: Sandy Appleyard

Welcome to our guest author–Sandy Appleyard.   •When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? After I wrote my first novel; my first and second books (memoirs) were intended to be the only ones I would write but when I took a crack at fiction I was hooked. •How long does itContinue Reading

Book Review: Married To Maggie by Jan Romes

I have to admit to starting reading romances back when I was a teen. Those were the early days of romance and when I got older, a friend stimulated me to break the rat race of grad school by writing a romance of my own. Since then, I’ve written twenty-one romances and one romantic novella,Continue Reading


This may seem unlikely…but I can’t pick a favorite out of the books I’ve written. Like children, some were easier to birth (terribly analogy. Birth is never easy), but even if I had more trouble in some stages of the creation, I like all my books. Really. I know this sounds ridiculous and braggy, but eachContinue Reading


When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Like many writers, it was while I was still in grade school that I made the decision. Was twelve and ran out of Nancy Drew books to read so I started my own, though I invented my own people rather than use Nancy andContinue Reading

Author Interview with wonderful Jan Romes!

Interviewing Jan Romes, author of Taming Tori and Married to Maggie– When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I don’t recall the exact moment when I decided I wanted to pursue storytelling, but I can tell you that I’ve had stories and characters tumbling around in my head forever. When myContinue Reading


I may be preaching to the choir  here, but readers, we need your opinions! Whether or not these are always glowing, we writers want to hear from you. In days long ago, the only way for a reader to contact an author was to write to the publishing house and hope their letter was eventually forwarded.Continue Reading


I love relationships. More than writing about bombs and terrorist attacks and murder and mayhem, I love reading and writing stories of people connecting with mates. Truth be told, I really love working with couples in my other job as a therapist. When I was slogging toward publication years ago, a friend witnessed my anguishContinue Reading


When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? When I was very young. I started with poetry (had one in the newspaper when I was in 3rd grade) then stories, then novels when I was a teen. I finished one when I was 17. The first of many books to follow. JContinue Reading


I’d love to hear from readers as to what makes the romances in the books they read seem convincing and satisfying? This topic has been often debated among writers of my acquaintance. For a long time, (remember, I’m not 20), readers loved to read about powerful heroes who demonstrated their love by looking stoic andContinue Reading