I was reading a blog post the other day talking about book themes and their importance and I got to wondering about what messages my books send to my readers. I know personally what sort of messages I hope are contained in my books – that there’s nothing wrong with same sex relationships; that there is a true love out there for all of us and that the concepts of honesty and fidelity are vital in any committed relationship. I genuinely believe those things, and they form the foundation of every single story I write. I’m sure all authors have central themes to the stories they share.
But then I got to thinking about the deeper levels of my books. I don’t write literary fiction; I write love stories. But my characters come from my heart and I realized as I re-read some of my books, that many of my wonderful men go through issues my own sub-conscious is dealing with. For example in the Cloverleah pack we have;
- Shawn’s fear for being different
- Scott’s fear of not being good enough for his powerful mate
- Anton’s PTSD
- Dean’s prior abuse
- Jax’s hiding part of himself
- Josh’s relationship with his mother and money
- Luke’s personality came from a combination of two of my children
- Vassago’s need for acceptance
The story I am writing now, Trent’s story from Stockton wolves, is covering the same thing. His fear and anxiety is something I have lived with for years and in a way I am glad of these things, because it helps me relate to my characters better; and allows me to turn their situations around so they can grow as people. That gives me, the author, hope.
Of course it may sound as though all of my books are filled with doom and gloom, but I don’t write stories full of angst, horror and all those other negative emotions. Because I feel what my characters are going through, I just can’t do that to myself. Besides, I have always wanted to write stories that leave people smiling and that is my goal with every ending I write – I want you to be smiling, maybe missing the characters a little as you get to the end of the book, and if I can squeeze in an “Aw” moment, then I’ve done my job.
So tell me, in the comments below, what do you get out of reading my stories? It doesn’t have to be Cloverleah; I have various connections with all of my characters. Leave a comment, and in a week’s time I will randomly pick one comment and send that reader a free paperback copy of any of the books I currently have with Createspace.
Have a great week 🙂