The lovely Rosie Dean author of Viki’s Work of Heart joins me today to talk about her writing in a fabulous guest post.
Stranded at the altar, knee-deep in her fiancé’s gambling debts, Vicki Marchant seizes her freedom and moves to France, to paint.
It’s her time. No man will get in the way of her ambition again.
She learns two things: some men are hard to resist, and her judgement of them is still on the dodgy side.
Purchase Link – mybook.to/Vickis_Work_of_Heart
You have reviewed quite an eclectic mix of titles, which is great! I can’t seem to stick to reading any one single genre myself; if the story’s good – I’m hooked. (Although I do draw the line at Sci-fi…)
I write romantic comedies or chick lit. This admission sometimes draws a subtle gasp of contempt or a lip curl from whoever learns this. I’m used to it now, although a drunken friend did once try to persuade me not to ‘waste’ my talent on such shallow books. She then went on to tell me I should write books about women like her, ‘who’ve really lived…’
She was missing the point. I like writing romantic comedies. They amuse me. I don’t especially want to spend my days reliving the traumas of others’ life experiences in order to spin a story. I’m not sure I could do it without lapsing into humour anyway – it’s the way I’m wired. Heart-wrenching, politically potent stories may have floated her boat, but they drilled a hole in mine. (It’s not that I don’t like reading gritty books, either, because I do.)
So saying – I do like the romantic comedies I write to have a genuine life message in them. I don’t think I write fluffy and inconsequential stories. I write them in the hope my reader will get alongside the heroine, and the hero, to understand their personal plight and root for them to succeed. I hope they might even recognize challenges which mirror their own lives, or possibly someone else’s.
The story of Vicki in Vicki’s Work of Heart is close to my heart. We first meet Vicki on her wedding day, when her errant groom fails to show. She has been working towards their joint future, a happy ever after, children – the whole shebang. Sadly, she later discovers she’s also been funding his gambling addiction and their savings are gone.
I too was an art teacher, once upon a time. I also had a failed seven year relationship behind me, where I’d been working towards a joint future, which didn’t materialize. (My choice – to be honest, no grooms scarpering to distant lands.) But it made me think, how many of us throw our energy into relationships which are going nowhere? How many of us don’t put ourselves first? So in Vicki’s story, I wanted her to pursue her dreams and achieve something she’s put on hold for too long. Of course, it won’t be easy because real life rarely is.
I know some authors might take the same premise and write a really meaty, navel-gazing, heart-rending, literary masterpiece. That author ain’t me.
Generally, I try to find the funny side of life – especially when the going gets tough. Once, when I was having a heart-to-heart with a girlfriend over one of my exes, she said to me quite earnestly, ‘So, what would you say to him if he walked in here. Right now?’
I thought for the briefest of moments and said, ‘I’d ask him how he’d got hold of my feckin’ key!’ We snorted over our wine for a few minutes after that and it broke the mood.
So you see, I like to laugh and I like to make people laugh. I love the ridiculous side of life because it provides great contrast for tougher situations.
The book I’m writing at present, begins with the heroine doing something quite unkind – but she’s doing it because she’s been the victim of bullying, and this is her ‘last straw’ reaction to a new bully. It changes the direction of her life but, ultimately, for the better. Sometimes comedy is a far sharper way to highlight injustice than serious words.
And, why not have fun in a novel? There’s enough misery in our everyday life – especially recently – to sink a cruise ship.
So, forgive me, please, if I continue to write stories of romance and self-discovery, using the occasional irreverent comment, absurdity or moment of slapstick humour.
If that floats your boat – do please step aboard!
Rosie Dean has been writing stories and plays since she was big enough to type. After studying ceramic design and gaining a ‘degree in crockery’ as the man in her life calls it, she became an Art & Pottery teacher. Seven years later, she moved into corporate world, writing training courses and marketing copy until the lure of being a full-time writer became irresistible.
Her passion is to write entertaining love stories that can make a reader chuckle, laugh out loud or, occasionally, feel a lump in the throat. Most of all, she loves developing the characters who inhabit her stories – eccentricities and screwball scenarios pop up in all of her work. Some of these characters have four legs – because animals offer an interesting counterpoint to human dramas.
Vicki’s story is close to Rosie’s heart. Once an art teacher herself, and going through a difficult time, she would dream of escaping it all to paint. From these dreams, she wrote Vicki’s Work of Heart
Rosie lives on the Isle of Wight, and can see the sea from her writing den.
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