Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Theresa Romain Guest Blogs
When I was a little older, they observed that my mouth, which never stopped talking at home, clammed up around strangers.
Being counselors, they put a name to my personality. And that name was: Introvert.
You’re probably familiar with the term. After all, most writers are introverts, as are most political cartoonists, mad bombers, and mimes, to name just a few professions.
Slapping someone with the label “introvert” is part of the study of personality types, which is pretty interesting because almost everyone has a personality. Understanding personality type can offer insight into workplace dynamics, the needs of friends, and why toddlers always cry just before you drop off to sleep. (Just kidding. No one can explain that last one.)
Keeping personality type in mind can also help writers understand their characters. It can even shape the plot of a book.
When I started writing historical romance, I thought of the London Season—that glittering whirl of nonstop social shenanigans that lasts for all the months Parliament is in session. How would an introvert deal with a Season? And how would an outgoing person feel when left behind?
These what-ifs became the core of my historical romance debut, SEASON FOR TEMPTATION. Stepsisters Julia and Louisa are best friends, both very devoted to their blended family. When shy Louisa is separated from her family for a London Season, she struggles with society, and she escapes at the first chance by agreeing to an engagement of convenience.
Her fiancé of convenience, James, Viscount Matheson, is trying to dispense with a messy family scandal by making a respectable marriage. Louisa’s calm, quiet logic seems like just the solution—until he meets fun-loving Julia, and an inconvenient love begins to grow.
You guessed what happens: a love triangle. But it’s an unusual triangle, because all three people—James, Julia, and Louisa—are well-meaning. They all want to do what’s best for their families. They all have to battle their natural personality preferences to fit into the roles marked out for them. And this leads to some really painful decisions.
While Julia and James are my hero and heroine, Louisa’s a very important part of the story, and I wanted to give all three sides of the love triangle the right ending. In the book, Louisa asks a question I asked myself: What would make her happy? As a fellow introvert, I made my best guess for her. And I think she’ll be fine for a while.
Have you ever thought about the personality types of characters? Do you like stories with characters that resemble your personality, or are different from you? Comment for a chance to win a copy of SEASON FOR TEMPTATION!
Note: SEASON FOR TEMPTATION will be shipped to the winner on release day (10/4)!
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