Well I have another book coming out. Golden Days is a short sweet romantic comedy set against the Klondike Gold Rush. It is being re-released in an anthology.
Golden Days is part of a three book series set in historical Alaska for Heartsong Presents. Here’s a short description of Golden Days:
After a mishap on a bustling Seattle street nearly kills her, Amy is going home to Alaska. Braden Rafferty, devastated by the loss of his wife and child, needs to get away from his home. He failed his wife and, as he sees it, that makes him a failure. His brother’s new life in Alaska lures him north in the midst of the Klondike Gold Rush. A chance encounter on the trip opens recent wounds for both. Amy, frail from her recent injuries, reminds Braden too much of his fragile wife. Amy’s independence is crushed when she has to accept Braden’s help getting home, and she vows that as soon as her strength returns, she won’t need anybody. But when Amy finds out she has no home to go to, Braden must step in and take her to his brother’s. After Amy has another near death experience, she begins to wonder if her accidents aren’t accidental at all.
The first book in the Alaska Brides anthology is Golden Dawn by Cathy Marie Hake. My book, Golden Days, is book two and Kathleen Y’Barbo is the author of book three, Golden Twilight.
I find myself writing heroine characters all that time that are…in my opinion…nothing like me. Golden Days is a great example of that. Amy, my heroine, is how I’d LIKE to be. So strong, brave, competent at everything. Vocal about how she feel and what she wants.
In my life, I spend my time spreading oil on troubled waters. I’m very much the pacifying mom, “Now you kids quit fighting.”
Discovering characters is one of my favorite parts of writing. It always takes me a while to really get a handle on them in a three dimensional way, but I enjoy the process of getting to know them. So even though the basic traits of Amy and Braden were there when I started, making her so angry about her father disappearing and making Braden fight his need to care for everyone.
He’s denying that need and, at the same time, caring for Amy ‘Just This Once’ for the whole book.In Golden Days Amy heads for home before she’s healthy. She has feelings for Braden before his grieving has run it’s course. She just can’t wait. That feels wrong to her. She’s been raised to care for herself and take action. And that’s Amy through this whole book, a woman of action, even when she probably would be wiser to just settle down and be patient.
I love creating complex funny scenes, lots of characters, lots of movement and dialogue. If possible I like everybody to be talking over each other, misunderstanding each other. I like their words to break in, in such a way that the sentence reads in a comedic way, like she starts a sentence, he ends it, they’re both talking about different things and the combination of the words is a joke. And the READER gets that joke but the characters don’t.
This is tricky. And it needs to be done with a lot of what I think of as wordsmithing. Going over it again and again, leaving it and coming back. Making it sharper. Making the dialogue and everyone’s reactions sing. Trying to make sure it’s written in a way that reader can follow and if there’s a lot of movement it’s very easily visualized. The characters aren’t following it but the reader needs to get it all.
My favorite scene in the book is when a bear attacks. The lead up to this is chaotic and, I hope, really funny, then the bear makes it all worse. This was fun to write and I got it almost like I wanted it. But it can always be better.
There are so many forms of comedy. What’s your favorite? Do you like romantic comedy in books? Movies? TV?
Favorite Romantic Comedy TV show? Remington Steele
I used to be a huge Remington Steele fan. I loved the humor and snap of romance in that show. For a lot of people it was Moonlighting but for me it was Remington Steele.
Favorite romantic comedy movie? While You Were Sleeping.
I think true richness and excellence in a movie is when ever little character is memorable and worth watching. There isn’t a moment in While You Were Sleeping that isn’t fantastic. Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman are fantastic but Bill’s family members are each and every one priceless. Jon Turtletaub directed this. He also did the National Treasure movies and he’s got a knack for making all the little moments wonderful while telling a much bigger story.
Favorite Romantic Comedy novel? This is harder because I’m such a reading fanatic. It’s possible my favorite is Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Crusie. I also love Boo by Rene Gutteridge. These are true comedies. Lots of books have humor in them and I love romantic suspense, and Getting Rid of Bradley has a suspense thread in it. But mostly it’s just funny. Boo is just frenetic madness, hilarious. I love that book.
How about you? You want to list your favorites?
If you’ve got favorites in other categories (romantic comedy theater? Painting? Song? What other categories are there???)
Go for it. Tell me what makes you laugh.
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