Last week my brother was in town with his family. He's one of the few people in my family who actually enjoys the idea that I write (or bothers to read it) so I gave him the first few pages of Wyre-rat, an urban fantasy that was started on a dare.
He said he liked it, but didn't want to say anything else until I cornered him later that evening and asked point-blank. He was upset with it because one of the MC's is male, and he was admiring the female MC. And I, being female, had written this.
I don't like writing or reading about sex, but sometimes as authors we have to write outside our comfort zone. In this particular situation, with these characters, it would have been totally out of character for him not to notice. So I wrote it. I can't just skip over the male characters because of my gender. They have to be just as well rounded as the rest.
Sometimes it goes beyond that. A good friend of mine is also a writer, and found herself writing about a woman who had been molested as a child. There are a lot of angles and emotions that go on in a situation like that, and in order for Laura to write about it she had to imagine and research what that would do to the character’s emotions and reactions.
In order to get the emotions and reactions right she had to be part of that character even more thoroughly than her readers would be.
As writers, people judge us by what we write, but in this particular case the character's actions go directly against Laura's morals and expectations. And yet people might judge her by that standard. They may assume that she is that kind of person because she is able to write that kind of character.
I have never been divorced, but I can imagine (and put on paper) the emotions of a divorced mother when the father wants sole custody. Laura has never been hurt as her character was, but she can believably write those emotions and determine how that character would behave. Because we are writers, sometimes our comfort zone or preferences have to come second to the characters in order to tell the story.
This week Laura has released Rising 2: Rebellion, the sequel to Rising 1: The Resistance. It is a science-fiction / fantasy adventure and is inappropriate for young readers.
An e-copy of either Rising 1 or Rising 2 (winners choice) will be given away to one person who comments on this post or on my HalfWorld blog.
Rising Book 2: Rebellion for Kindle
Rising Book 2: Rebellion for Nook
Rising Book 2: Rebellion on Smashwords (all other formats)
Laura Josephsen has authored several novels and works as a freelance editor. She likes to listen to music, watch sci-fi shows, and drink coffee. She believes there's no such thing as having too many socks. She lives in Tennessee with her awesome husband, imaginative children, and feisty cats.
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ALSO: Right now, for a limited time, Rising Book 1: Resistance is on sale for $0.99 on Kindle and Nook. If someone hasn't read it, it's a really great time to purchase it.
Rising Book 1: Resistance for Kindle
Rising Book 1: Resistance for Nook