1. How much of yourself do you write into your characters? Or do you write characters completely opposite to you?
My gals aren't always sweet. Sometimes they are bitchy, smart-mouthed, deviant, or just plain stupid. I write my heroes with familiarity. I don't know one man in my life that is anywhere near being perfect. Frankly, I'd have to sift really far to find myself a true gentleman out of my stock. Sad, but that's my people. They're gruff and rowdy and foul-mouthed and selfish. But they have a heart of gold, a tenderness that comes out when something, or someone finds their way in there. Maybe a gal, maybe their kids, maybe their dogs. Whatever it is, when they love, they love hard, but it's not usually really sweet and pretty.
So I guess that's where a part of me comes through. Familiarity. When I try to write a character that knows the ropes, follows the rules, and treats others with kid gloves, I squick out. It sounds ridiculous, and I red line that crap faster than I can finish a bowl of chips and salsa. (I can murder chips and salsa, just to be clear.)
I have a potty mouth. I've made so many mistakes and bad decisions in my life it's not even funny. I have a really bad temper, and very little patience. I'm pretty much the character that makes every one pull their hair out and yell. But I think there's some good qualities about me, too. I hope I instill that into my characters. They may walk out of the house with food in their teeth, mismatched socks, and a string of curse words that could make a pirate blush, but they will stop to help that little old lady that just face-planted off the curb. Like I say... it's all about the heart.
However, I do like to write heroines that are kind and centered and sweet, and strong. I like to write characters with a lot of confidence, which I certainly do not have. Those self-assured girls are my favorite to write. I feel powerful giving them big balls. Of course, I find a lot of happiness giving the sweet girls the action they deserve, too.
2. Has your writing helped you see events in your own life clearer?
I love writing so much, and I think since I've been writing seriously, continuously... I sort of see where I let myself down in the past. The best part about that is that I see where I went wrong, and I learned from my mistakes. If it's important, you can make time. If it makes you feel good, it's important.
There are some moments I would have done differently in my life, and I think writing gives me this amazing opportunity to put everything to rest in a neat and tidy manner. Life sure as hell isn't like that, and this helps me put that in perspective.
Everything happens for a reason and all that jazz.
3. Have you written a character with more of your personal characteristics than any other? What are they?
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