I’m pondering the themes in my novels and beginning to understand the deep pull of these sometimes hidden concepts.
In my Young Adult novels – The Girlfriends Series my two main protagonists Rachel and Steph are yearning and searching for love and acceptance.
In my adult contemporary series – The Coopers the two main characters Lily and Hayden are also wishing to be loved and accepted for who they are today.
And I’m discovering more and more that I want to read books where there is hope and love and humour. The journey to love is a path dotted with challenging twists and turns. Sometimes my characters are disappointed. Sometimes they have problems with the truth. Sometimes they are searching for someone else.
And looking into their future, perhaps that’s a good thing. If a character in a novel has a support system of family or friends, then love and assistance can enter from many directions. I’ve discovered that my secondary characters are important as they can be good listeners even though they may not give any more help than simply ‘being there’.
I was so fortunate to grow up in a loving family. My mom and dad were there for me every step of the way. Their stability and kindness helped me thrive.
In the second book of my contemporary series, Finding Quinn I’m working hard on ensuring that my main characters Quinn and Kelsey are up to the challenge of ‘being loved’.
After all, during these precarious situations in the world, isn’t it time to take a few moments out of each day, to focus on the idea of love?