As authors, we are able to take great liberty with our characters - what they look like, their back stories and how they act. In my upcoming novel, "Waiting for Santa," Jillian Bradley has a couple of romantic interludes, which is a departure from most of the previous books. When my husband read those sections he became jealous, as if he pictured me involved with the love interests! Now, I do admit to basing some of my protagonist's character traits on myself - hair color, being a gardening and art affectionado, and of course one who serves afternoon tea. But the stories are not real! He says, "I feel like punching him when..." Sorry I can't tell you what made him say this because that would be a spoiler. Further on in his reading he said, "Your readers are going to eat this up!" Well, I certainly hope so because that's the whole point! Writing fiction is the most fun of all simply because we create stories that we'd like to really happen. Hmm. Maybe my husband will get a few ideas! I've been taking care of grand kids this week in California while he's reading the book for the first time, but when I return home it will be interesting to see if he treats me any differently. Maybe I ought to say, "But honey, it can be real." "Waiting for Santa" is the sixth book in the Jillian Bradley mysteries due out at the end of November. Do you every try out ideas you read about in books?
Nancy Jill Thames is the author of the Jillian Bradley Mysteries - Her mysteries incorporate her love of afternoon tea, which has earned her the title of “Queen of Afternoon Tea.” She holds a music degree from UT Austin and lives in Leander, Texas where she is a member of the Leander Writers Guild. She has won awards for her blogs, a pie contest for her Chip Chocolate Cream Pie, and has been on the Author Watch Bestseller List numerous times. Nancy Jill is busy working on book 6 "Waiting for Santa," a murder mystery taking place on Christmas Eve near Jillian Bradley’s home in Clover Hills.
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