Monday, 30 August 2010

Which came first, the heroine or the writer?

I'm slightly less grumpy this week thanks to listening to Jack Dee's "Thanks For Nothing" which had me laughing out loud (so now the neighbours probably think I'm as barking mad as the dogs for seemingly laughing to myself ;-)
Or it could just be that I'm less grumpy by comparison to Jack...
Anyway, the question I'm turning over in my mind is whether my heroine is channeling some of my inner stroppiness or if I'm in fact channeling her? A chicken and egg literary question if you like?
I'm sure it's possible to create characters who contain nothing of ourselves in them but I've had a few heroines who've had elements of me in them, or of the me I'd like to be, and I'm sure I can't be the only one.
In my current WIP my heroine is spiky and sarky to the hero, mostly to cover up the fact that she feels incredibly threatened by his presence. I'm not sure I felt threatened by anyone when I returned to Richmond to complete the neuro-psych tests last week though, just sick and knackered but boy did the sarcastic responses keep flowing from my mouth!
When asked for the umpteenth time "What [randomly unrelated word] goes with clown?"
I narrowly avoided responding "I don't know and I don't actually give one, now let me go home to bed."
As a reward for such self restraint and given it's a bank holiday here in the UK I'm going back to bed with Jack ;-)

So, do your heroines ever influence you???


Suzanne Jones said...

Aw, Jack Dee's just lovely, isn't he - with that wee grumpy face.

I'm glad you're feeling a bit better.


Jackie Ashenden said...

I know what word goes with clown. Machine gun. ;-)

Yuck on those tests! I'm writing a spiky heroine right now and actually I love her. Mainly because I'm not feeling the best and sometimes it's great to let rip huh?

Joanne Coles said...

LOL, Jackie!!

I am channeling my current heroine a little as she's a foster carer, too. However, she has hunky Dr Adam who looks like Eddie Cibrian in her life and I don't ... which makes me a little sad but I guess you can't have everything!

Hope Jack is still making you laugh.