What’s the most awkward question a writer can get? When my debut novel, Heiress Without A Cause, came out two weeks ago, I expected strange glances from former coworkers and knowing leers from my friends. After all, it is a Regency romance with several very sexy scenes – not exactly standard dinner conversation.
But questions about the sex scenes almost never come up. Instead, I’ve discovered the question that makes me far more uncomfortable.
Is such-and-such character supposed to be you?
Some people suspect that my current heroine, Madeleine, is based on me because she has brown hair and green eyes. Yes, I also have brown hair and green eyes, but I look nothing like her (or any romance heroine – at 5’0”, I’m statuesque the way that lawn gnomes are statuesque).
Others suspect that Madeleine’s friend Amelia, who stars in my next book, must be me because she’s a writer. That’s like saying I must be Ernest Hemingway’s twin because we’ve both written novels. I’ll admit a secret weakness for daiquiris, but that’s where the similarities between Mr. Hemingway and I end.
So, no, I’m not a ringer for any of my characters. But I do have something in common with all my heroines – the unwavering belief that women can and should pursue their passions. The journey my characters face is one we all go through – learning how to be ourselves without sacrificing all the relationships (love, sex, friendship, family) that make life so wonderful.
Heiress Without A Cause is the first book in my Muses of Mayfair series, featuring four women who are each pursuing a different artistic passion. They must keep their identities secret from the ton, but they support each other through all their endeavors – including all the twists and turns that lead to them meeting their perfect (for them, at least :) ) mates.
So if I do have anything in common with my heroines, aside from hair color and humor, it’s definitely a belief that pursuing your dreams isn’t just possible, but necessary – and having great friends and family makes it even better. Holding my debut novel in my hands has only reinforced that belief.
I would love to hear from you – what passion do you want to pursue? Or are you still figuring it out? One commenter will win an ebook of Heiress Without A Cause, which is out now as a Nook First exclusive and will be available on Kindle and other ebook retailers on February 24th.
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About the Author
Sara grew up in a small town in Iowa, and her obsession with fashion, shoes, and all things British is clearly a rebellion against her hopelessly uncool youth. She graduated from Stanford University in 2003 with a degree in Symbolic Systems (also known as cognitive science) and a minor in history. Sara subsequently worked at Google for seven years in a variety of sales, management, and communications roles. She left Google in 2010 to pursue her writing career full time. Read all about her Regency obsessions and upcoming works at http://www.sararamsey.com/. Or, follow her slightly ridiculous Twitter feed, @Sara_Ramsey.