Look everyone! Two posts in one day! (What? Shut up! That other one totally counts!) … You can tell when I’m writing this, can’t you >.> Anyway, we have the lovely Leslie Dicken guesting with us! Not only is she awesome, she’s especially awesome because she’s my not, but almost, birthday twin! Cuz we’ve already established it’s all about me. Which is why you always want me to shut up and get you to the part where the author actually starts talking. :
Every author has a theme. They don’t always know it or purposely write about it, but when you look at their body of work you will find a consistent theme. It could be redemption or revenge or love conquers all. Many authors will write their books to show off this theme on purpose. Others, like me, just write the story in their head without realizing that their theme will emerge.
EVERY story I’ve written can have this drawn from it: what is the character’s identity? where do they really belong?
In my novella erotica Taboo, my characters are from opposing cultures (think “West Side Story” or “Romeo and Juliet”). My hero and heroine each start to question their culture and how they identify with all that they’ve learned and known.
In The Price of Discovery, my hero is from another planet. He comes to earth only to bring back a vital resources to save his ailing people. However, his beliefs are shaken by a woman he meets. She will challenge him to let go of his identity and long-held beliefs.
Both main characters in A Tarnished Heart question where they really belong. The heroine is a vicar’s daughter and does not think she is right for high London society. She is constantly trying to go back home to her small village. The hero feels his must do everything he can to keep his place in society, but perhaps it isn’t worth it all in the end.
The hero in Beauty Tempts the Beast has focused his identity on being a “monster.” He keeps himself isolated and won’t let himself get close to anyone. But when the heroine comes into his life, she forces him to reexamine his life and break free of that self-imposed prison.
In my upcoming release, The Iron Heart, (Ed* which is actually out now! Whee – and congratulations on another release!) my heroine has already decided she didn’t belong in the world she was born into and moved to live with her uncle. However, the hero continually questions his identity and the person he thinks he is.
Think about authors you’ve read. What themes do they have showing up in their stories over and over again? If you were to write, what would be your theme?
Leslie is very kindly giving one lucky commenter a copy of The Iron Heart!
New to me author. Would love a chance to win. Thanks for the interview.
I would probably have something like “looking for a good friend” as a theme in a book I wrote. I love spending time with my husband just as a friend. Many couples do reflect friendship in their relationships. I think it helps make the marriage strong.
I would love to read THE IRON HEART thank you. I have found a new author in Leslie Dicken.
I think that the books I tend to reach for most are the alpha male with the hidden compassionate side. I don’t particularly care for the me-tarzan-you-jane mentality of some written alpha males, and I like when there is real passion underneath their muscled exterior. And I’m a definite sucker for stories of redemption. You are new to me, too, and I look forward to exploring your works.
One of the first authors I read was Diana Palmer and her themes are pretty much the same from book to book. Big, hairy, cigarette smoking cowboys who like deflowering virgins. LOL
I think if I were to write a book it would probably be a paranormal romance with vampires. I adore vampires.
Thanks, everyone! Happy to answer any other questions about my books or writing or whatever!! 😉
I love a tortured hero, especially one who thinks he’s a beast! And like Liz said, I connect with redemption stories 🙂
My theme.. umm.. maybe escapism? LOL! No idea what that means, but I love showcasing something out of the normal that characters have to battle before getting to HEA 🙂
Great to “meet” you, Leslie! Looking forward to reading your books!
Nice to meet you, Leslie!
I love the idea of second chance love.
Leslie – great post on the themes! I can only think of a few themes that are consistently found in a few author’s books – but more an author’s voice. I find I can oftentimes tell even in a joint effort book, which author wrote what part.
And it’s not that the book is choppy – it’s just the writing style. It’s almost a little game to play.
Or I’m just focusing on the wrong things. :X
Thanks so much for guesting with us!
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