I had good intentions. You can read about them in this post Juggling Summer, Kids, Sheep and Writing .
Unfortunately, the unexpected happened…I fell in love…with the new book I started. I should have seen it coming. After all, it is a romance novel.
It didn’t help that when I created the male character for the female, I created someone who I’d consider a great catch. I’m the writer, so I see through his faults and his lies, and I see what dwells in his heart. Darn it. Maybe I should have made him less likeable, but then, maybe Olivia wouldn’t have fallen for him either.
The woman slapping the man and sending him off to be never seen again doesn’t work in romance novels.
On the journey through Pockets of Wildflowers, I drew on the same methods of creating characters I have in the past. That included using images. I wrote about this in a post—Using Images to Capture a Character—in February 2011.
I didn’t know how my male character sounded until he opened his mouth, and I heard the lilt in his voice. It probably had something to do with hearing a Johnny Reid interview earlier in the day. He’s an awesome singer who was born in Scotland and came to Canada in his mid-teens. He hasn’t lost his accent even though he’s lived in Canada for more than twenty years. This accent stuck in my head, and I used it and its history to build my main male character.
From there, I went looking for an image to use as inspiration. I didn’t need to go far before I found this:
Button shirt, pants that looked like they’d been worked in all day and boots. He even had the I’m up to something but I’m not telling you look. This man had the right accent, but his hair was a wee bit short for John…Olivia’s love interest. That’s okay. I knew where to get the length and the short beard for John.
So here I am in the sizzling heat of summer with an equally hot romance going on between the pages of Pockets of Wildflowers. I had planned to write 500 words a day…a day, not every 15 minutes for hours a day. Unfortunately, my fingers wouldn’t stop. Between June 29th and July 15th, I wrote just over 35,000 words, completing the novel in 17 days.
When my fingers stalled, I played with images I had taken and the ones I had found on the Internet, making dream covers and possible covers. Here’s a sample.
Note: The ones with Gerard Butler are only dream covers using the images I jigged off the net. Obviously, he’s not going to sign off on them; I don’t even have his email to ask for the official rejection; I’ll just assume. But hey, romance novels are all about dreaming big, so…it’s okay to play with images and covers here. Everything else on the covers (including the flowers) are mine.
Book Covers Removed after reading this post.
…using Windflowers by artist John William Waterman (public domain)
More Probable Covers
…using my own photographs
If you could have anyone on your book cover, who would it be? Do you think of a particular movie or music star as your leading character when you write?