Do you ever think about how your life would have turned out, or be working out, if you could change one thing? If you do, you might be a writer! But besides that, how do you think characters would want their lives to change?
I wish I had that drive that makes people exercise regularly and enjoy it tremendously. If I could look at my watch and think, 30 minutes until bed time, better go for a jog around the block, I’d be in better health. I’d also be single. Alas, some changes might not be for the best after all.
My character Ellen Curtis Cooper, the heroine in Appetizer: Pure Seduction (Regency Banquet #1) might have wanted to have been born a boy, so she could exercise her mind as much as her brothers were allowed to, gone to Oxford, perhaps, and become a lawyer or a scholar. But growing up in the shadow of twin brothers, both full of larks and fun, as a sister she stood out on her own. Another boy might not have been noticed. Married to Mr. David Cooper, she now has the freedom to pursue the learning she wished for, and is learning a lot about herself and the joys of sex with an experienced man.
I’m getting around to Roland Curtis’s story, and as the heir to his father’s fortune, he should have been very happy with his lot in life. Instead, he wanted to join the army and help the war efforts. He arranged to trade places with his twin, Bernard, and their father gladly purchased a commission for the younger twin, whom he never thought would make up his mind what to do in life. So Roland has made the changes he wanted to, and perhaps regrets that somewhat. He doesn’t regret meeting Maryse Lebarre, in spite of the injuries he sustained before that moment.
Amanda Boone is the owner of the Bowman’s Inn, which is also the name of the soon to be released anthology that revolves around her pub. A child of a broken home, she lost her mother early in her life. Possibly she would want to change that. Definitely she would want to avoid going to the foster home she ended up in, where her treatment amounted to that of a servant for the other disabled children there. Not that she disliked the children, just that she had to give up her own childhood too soon.
Most important of all, would these characters be worth writing about if they didn’t have some adversity in their lives? Which in turn brings me back to my life. I didn’t have an easy path, but I had a better life than many people I know of. I have a loving family and many friends. I learned to think because no one gave me anything based on my looks. I learned to be happy with who I am, to make changes rationally, and to love freely. Today I am in such a happy place that I would hesitate to change anything. Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Thursday.