As I’ve been sorting through all of my notebooks and random pages of writing and novels that I’ve written over the past few years I’ve come to the grim realisation that a lot of my novels include a broken family and a move to a new house/area. I don’t do it intentionally I promise! I come from a pretty ‘normal’ background with parents who are still together and a family that likes to spend time together so I wonder why a lot of what I write features families that are torn apart for one reason or another.
I also have mainly female protagonists. Don’t get me wrong, I write from the point of view of men from time to time but when I do it’s usually a short story. None of my longer works are from the point of view as a man. I feel like I could be missing out here. Of course, it’s easier to write a female character as a female because I have been through it. I know what some of the thoughts, feelings and emotions are that are attached to being a young woman. Do you find you write as a particular gender?
I want to challenge myself to write as a male lead in a novel. I think it’s a big feat but perhaps just challenging enough to stretch my imagination and my writing capabilities!
My protagonist in The Doors (due for publication in September) is a young woman who is moved halfway across England with her parents when her dad gets a new job. She’s one of the favourite characters I’ve written so far 🙂