|Posted on April 24, 2014 at 9:55 PM|
Tell A Story Day by Linda Carroll-Bradd
I love this holiday. Every time I’m ready to start a new story, I think about what story I want to tell. I most often start with the heroine because as a female, that’s whose life I share the most with. Not to say I know exactly what living in the 1860s, 1870s, or 1880s is like, but I’ve read a lot of stories set in those times and I love, Love, LOVE visiting museums.
My goal is always to create characters with real problems who struggle to find a solution. I most often develop characters who led quiet lives but were essential in the eyes of a few precious people. Usually the hero I create as the love interest is the absolutely wrong person in everyone else’s opinion but ends up being exactly who the heroine needs. In that way, I serve as a matchmaker and wonder if such people get as much satisfaction as I do from seeing the couple grow closer and their bond strengthen.
Here are a couple examples:
The Ring That Binds: 1886 Aspen, Colorado—Widow Celina Innes struggles to run her dress shop and hopes to provide a wonderful Christmas for her 4-year-old daughter, Keena. Mikel Toussaint has watched her efforts from his general store across the street, offering help whenever he can. Illness strikes Keena and the two bond as they tend the child. Can their connection be sustained once the crisis is over?
Gingerbread Wishes: A new life awaits as soon as Tora sells the family-run bakery. All she’s known is Dorado, Texas and she can’t wait to explore new possibilities outside the city limits. But when she connects with the chocolate brown gaze of widower Jordan Dawson, she suddenly wonders about getting acquainted.
Back in his hometown to open a sporting goods store, Jordan wants to provide his daughter with life in a close-knit community. When the friendly baker sparks his interest, he sets off a campaign to keep her in town. Will Tora give him a chance?
Learn more about Linda and her writing from her website. www.lindacarroll-bradd.com