Guest blogger: Noelle Clark
A little while ago I read an article by another author in which she wrote about the ideas and motivation for the stories she writes. It got me thinking. What is in my life—past or present—that I can infuse into my stories? While I certainly don’t want to write about my personal circumstances—hey, I write fiction—I do want to be able to connect with readers who resonate with the issues that my heroine and hero deal with.
How many times have you fallen in love with a song because, at that moment in your life, it was as though it was written about you? The lyrics jump out and grab you as if saying, ‘This is your song’. Well, my whole teenage years were played out against a musical backdrop of memorable songs that reflected what I was going through, or how I felt, at that time. And I’ve read books that made me feel that way too. They are the keepers. They’re still on my book shelves. Some I’ve read over and over, but others are there just to remind me how far I’ve come. Books sometimes provide the answers, the way out of an awful situation, they provide hope for a better future, and relieve pain caused by thinking you are experiencing your situation alone.
Although not every story ever written can be absolutely based on someone’s real life experiences, it is fair to say that everything we do has an impact on who we are, what we think, what we do.
If in real life, an author experiences heartache, divorce, death, and separation from loved ones, then it makes it much easier to write about the emotions that a character feels when they endure one of those life changing events. The curve balls that life throws enables me to come up with story ideas, characters, conflict, and situations and that resonate with readers. Similarly, joy, happiness, and love, can lift us higher than we’ve ever risen, especially if that love and exquisite happiness is new—or has been scarce in our lives.
As an author who writes contemporary romance with a good dash of adventure thrown in, it’s inevitable that my characters have a tiny piece of my life’s experiences in them. The stories aren’t about me, nor are the characters based on me, but minute aspects are based on what I know.
For most people, there comes a time in one’s life when a great epiphany occurs. A major change. A time when we stand at the crossroads, and ask ‘which way now?’ It happens to all of us. For some people, making any decision is impossible, let alone making the ‘right’ decision. So, my characters aren’t perfect. Sometimes they prevaricate, not knowing what to do. Sometimes they are afraid of the consequences. Sometimes they fail. But above all, they learn to trust themselves. To have confidence in their own abilities.
I’d like to think that if my characters have a tiny piece of me inside them, then it’s the bit where I learned to trust myself, and to have confidence in myself.
Noelle Clark weaves romance, suspense and adventure into colorful and often exotic locations around the world, using real life experience of places, culture, and people as a backdrop to her stories, giving the reader an authentic taste of the location. Her novels feature strong, mature, heroines and heroes, who—often without knowing it—are ready for new beginnings.
I have a paperback copy of Rosamanti to give away. Leave a comment below and you will go in the draw. The giveaway closes on 12 July 2015. Australian residents only, sorry.
Loyalty and love define Liam. But will obligations to family and farm get in the way of him finding true happiness?
Loyalty is high on Liam Cullen’s agenda, but lately he’s been feeling restless. He wants to run away from the endless routines of life on the family farm. He contemplates busting free of the sometimes suffocating confines of the close-knit family. He’d like to see the world. Maybe meet a few girls.
Riddled with guilt that he could even consider such a thing, the final blow comes when Liam’s abilities as a first rate farmer are questioned. He sees red and his quick temper is sorely stretched. He struggles inner demons and attempts to fight the inevitable – until he meets the girl with the blue-green eyes and the copper-colored hair.
Without knowing it, Aislin O’Neill sweeps Liam off his feet, and transports him to a place he’s only ever dreamed of. It’s soon apparent that Aislin has her own inner battles. Will she break her self-imposed vow to never get involved with anyone again?