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Being Loved

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?   

 

 

14 Comments

  1. This is absolutely a good time to – as you say – focus on love. The world is in a huge mess right now if you watch the news. From despot killers to floods and from fires to nuclear threats, we all need to draw on the love around us to overcome so much fear.

    1. Yes. I’ve never seen or heard so much grimness on the news. And books embedded with love are the way to go. Readers need relief from the ‘so-called real world’. Thanks for commenting Mimi!

  2. Hi Jodie,
    I agree that being loved and loving is the driving force behind most of what we do and are. I have to admit that a lot of what is called ‘women’s fiction’ doesn’t portray that. It’s too hard to read a book that dwells on unhappy situations that are never resolved. Keep writing!
    Sylvie

    1. Hi Sylvie, I agree with you. Right now I want there to be a ‘happily ever after’ even if it is temporary.
      There are a lot of grim novels to choose from and I find myself not wanting to be immersed in that kind of a story anymore.

  3. Loved this blog on “being loved,” Jodie.

    I am 100% on side with this concept:
    “I want to read books where there is hope and love and humour.”

    I also found this idea deeply thought-provoking:
    “…ensuring that my main characters Quinn and Kelsey are up to the challenge of ‘being loved’.”

    Sounds like “Finding Quinn,” will be a delight.

    Shereen

    1. Hi Shereen, Thanks for commenting. Yes, there’s that whole concept of allowing oneself to be loved. It takes a leap of faith, that’s for sure. I’m hoping that “Finding Quinn” will eventually see the light of day.

  4. I love this post, Jodie. Thank you for sharing.

    >>>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.<<<

    Absolutely–just like in real life. 🙂

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