The Marshall Memo 5/16/11
Week one, I cleared up a few things about the RV in my July 13th Wild Rose Press contemporary romance release ONE FOR THE ROAD.
Week two, I spilled the beans on Tyler, the hero, and how his mom was named after and in honor of my mother, plus I gave an awesome recipe for strawberry pizza!
This week, I’m talking about the lead character, the protagonist in author speak, my heroine – D’Anne Palmer. Here’s her thumbnail sketch.
D’Anne Palmer is stuck outside of Nashville. Her husband of twenty-five years drops dead on their last-ditch marriage-saving RV tour across country, and a month later, D’Anne discovers she’s also penniless. Desperate for money and yearning to get home to her adult sons, the forty-six-year old widow posts an ad at the local Laundromat:
40 foot RV for hire, plus cook and driver. Fee negotiable.
Playing chauffeur to the highest bidder seems like D’Anne’s only ticket back to California.
So who is D’Anne, and what does she look like, how does she feel? I tend to envision my characters from the inside out. First I figure out what their problem is, why they can’t achieve their goal, and what motivates them to start or continue their quest, then eventually I look outward to their appearance. When I reached the flesh and bones part of creating D’Anne Palmer I saw the personification of a down-on-her-luck spunky kid. In this case that spunky kid looked like this:We all know the Activa spokesperson on a regular basis (pardon the pun) but I’m asking you to look back fifteen or more years to Jamie Leigh Curtis in True Lies. Remember the shaggy hair and the sexy pole dance?
Now put her in jeans and sneakers. Can you see her? And there you have the poor lady who’s about to have her life spin out of control…
On the wildest detour of her life, D’Anne Palmer learns there’s no place like home…and home is where the heart is.
Are you ready for the road trip yet?
Next week I’ll talk about the hero in this story, Tyler White.
Until then, make it a great week!