As a reader I’d learned that authors should write what they know. In the few years since I’ve become a real author with a publisher and six books to my credit plus some nifty short stories, I discovered it’s not true. Never have I met an evil person who wants to do me bodily harm. Not yet, anyway. Maybe it’s the garlic I rub around the window sashes daily. The point being there is power in writing and I use it. Bad guys and women show up in my stories with regularity. I write these characters with assurance and glee, describing evil details as if I know them personally until my hero/heroine jumps in with, in one story—a lasso— another needed a Lady Smith&Wesson. Yes, the power of writing thrills me.
Recently an idea came to me in the night, in a dream. Picture this: A grandfather with two small grandchildren meets a grandmother and her little granddaughter at the Jersey shore. What happens next? My author’s mind wonders. I wake the next morning and begin to write. A story of romance, mature love, family entanglements because there must be conflict, always conflict, my least favorite thing. I’m a peaceful person. That doesn’t work for Romance/Suspense, the genre that chose me.
Here’s a topic I know well. The seniors in my story are in their seventies. Just a couple of kids to me since I’m way older. I look in the mirror and think, “Old girl, you’re the Grandma Moses of Romance/Suspense.” At last I’m writing about something I know, shall we say—intimately. Not erotic but real romance that had me dancing in my writing chair. You see, you’re never too old for those wonderful swept away feelings, the warmth of a lover’s touch and comfort of closeness. You might not be fit enough to moan. Probably old bones creak and you say ouch but the earth still moves when you allow romance into your life.
Summer at the Jersey Shore just got hotter… Take one widower grandfather, add two little grandkids, and widowed grandmother with a small granddaughter. Mix well. Stir in sun drenched beach days and moonlit nights. What have you got? A kite flying high with a new tail; an author writing a book to sort out emotions; a talented boy with his mother returned to claim the prize. Family complications and a happy beginning… not the end.
From the new Charmaine Gordon series The Beginning…Not the End.
Mature Love, Romance, Suspense.
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