There’s no reason for the subject to be spelt wrong. It just made me laugh. I am a nerd.
I think most writers probably have certain themes that follow them through their stories. Character traits, or backstories, or tropes we can’ t help using. Often times, we might not even realise we do it.
It’s a question I’ve had on my mind for a while now.
What are the ones to follow me through my writing?
Here are the ones I thought about (and maybe why):
- Adoption – I’ve had a few characters who were adopted, or orphans, or foster kids. It’s probably because I’m adopted, so there’s a wealth of emotional stuff there I can explore.
- Autistic Characters – I’m autistic. That one is:
- Pets. All the pets. So many pets. From Taine’s hamster to Sherlock in After the Scrum. I’m a fan of memorable animals.
- Absurd moments. I find absurdity humourous. (Like giving a large rugby player a hamster for a pet.)
- Rough childhoods. A theme running through many of my stories are characters who have survived abusive or neglectful childhoods. Again, as something I had personal experience with, I think it’s important that not ALL of your characters have blissful, amazing parents. I’ve found as a reader that I cherish the books that I can relate to. When I find a character who has pulled through terrible times as a kid, I see a bit of myself.
- Nerds. I’m quite a bit geeky, so admit to giving some of those quirks to my characters.
How about you? If you’re a writer, do you notice certain themes consistent throughout your different novels?
As a reader? Do you pick up on these sorts of things?
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This was a beautifully written story by the author… ”
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Dahlia definitely knows how to entertain her readers.”
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- Stuart Reardon is the sweet and most attractive man ever. (Also, he hugged me).
- I can stretch out of my autistic comfort zone.
- People REALLY like free shit.
- The authors and staff at my publisher (Hot Tree) are all adorably sweet people who went out of their way to ensure I felt as comfortable as I could be. I heart them.
- Steak and ale pie is brilliant.
- Authors fangirl as much as readers do, because at our core–we can’t be great authors if we don’t also love to read.
- Five days is enough to exhaust me completely and utterly.
- Volunteers work incredibly hard and rarely get noticed.
- The tribe of book lovers is an awesome one. I’m proud to be part of it.
- Play time is over. Time to get to writing.
Did you attend the RT Convention in Atlanta last week? If so, what was your favourite part?
Writing can at times be a rather dreary business. We scale mountain tops of brilliance and sink into valleys of muse-less weariness. Messages from readers are often the one thing that puts a little energy into our exhausted batteries.
Here are a few of the best things I’ve ever heard from a reader—some are paraphrased:
- “You made me laugh.” “You made my cry.” Evoking emotion in a reader is always an amazing feeling for an author.
- “I adored ‘insert character name’ so much!” My characters are my babies so anytime they become a reader’s favourite makes my day.
- “I can’t wait to read your next book.” Self-explanatory really, nothing more encouraging than hearing someone wants to see more from you.
- “I’ve been in a similar situation to your character and the story made me feel less alone.” With After the Scrum in particular, I’ve heard this from readers who struggled with similar issues of anxiety, panic attacks, or acceptance from their family. As an autistic, I’ve had moments when it seemed as if I were the only person in the world going through it so I understand the importance of not feeling alone.
I hope readers understand how powerful their support can be for writers.
And thank you.