THWT Question for 18 JUL 2017



The Two Hundred Word Tuesday question for 18 JUL 2017 is:


What is the message in your books? How do your readers react to it?


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  1. Good question! In looking back over my 35 or so titles, I don’t see a major theme. But I always extol the idea that “old ways, old days” are one path to happiness and fulfillment. Cases in point: The clay-and-wattle structures in all my early Twilight of Magic, Dawn of Ireland and Iron Warrior novels (ten in all)… The contemporary characters’ dislike of (or ineptitude with) cell phones and computers… My insistence on no-frills environments…

    Now the writer in me comes in. I always manage to set up a tension between old and new, plain and elaborate, low-tech and high. In the end, of course, the old ways, old days emerge triumphant. 😀

    I lay the blame on my own background, growing up a miner’s daughter in the mountains of Nevada.

  2. My stories generally offer a kinky romp through lawyerland. That said, any messages conveyed come through character interactions. For example, all of my main characters are women in the legal profession. They are strong, independent, and open-minded. Their interactions with the male characters are on their terms and with their consent. Mostly, they engage in loving, monogamous relationships with a dash of kink. However, the overriding message is that when a couple engages in sexual/sensual activities, it is acceptable to describe them in a frank and explicit way. As a former journalist and lawyer, I tend to call things as I see them and I write fiction in the same way. Some are offended or embarrassed by my direct approach, and that’s okay. I accept that my writing if not for everyone. However, for me, the overriding story is what’s important. The sexual component is incidental and included only as a means to drive the plot forward.

  3. Sometimes there is a common message authors have in their books, but the message isn’t clear until after a few books are written. I did find that with mine. My message seems to be: ‘With courage love will find a way.’ When times get tough in fiction and in real life, strong love and strong characters survive the most difficult times. While on vacation in Punta Cana, my Dh and I met a couple who had just got married. We told them we’ve been married almost 16 years and are very happy. The young groom asked me what our secret was. My answer: Have a good sense of humor even when times are tough, do fun stuff together and don’t sweat the little sh*t. He said that was the best advice he’d gotten so far.

      • Melodee on July 18, 2017 at 07:04

      Very good advice indeed!

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