And I don’t just mean what you learned in school or on the job. Example: My Kensington editor told me a long time ago what she liked most about my writing is that it’s juicy. “You have that juicy family.” I immediately got what she meant. We Tabke’s are a lusty bunch. My stories are about strong characters who stand for something and don’t fall for everything. It gets us in trouble. Yet we will never change. It’s who we are, it’s part of our DNA.
I’ve mentioned before, hubby is alpha. My boys are alpha, my girls are girlie girls. They like to be treated as such, but they also demand to be treated as an equal. Hmm, sounds like somebody I know. After almost 25 years of marriage hubby and I still hold hands in the grocery store and he will more often then not, cop a feel in the frozen food section. We laugh, we battle, and we make up. Our lives are full. Juicy.
It’s funny though, my husband will tell you I am the most unromantic romance writer out there. And if you look at my heroines you will see, while they are smart, passionate women, they aren’t romantic in the classic senses. But they love hard and will fight to the end for their man.
As far as technically writing what I know, while I know a little about a lot of things, when it comes right down to it, there are only a few things I know a lot about. Cop stuff. Herpetology (although I could use a brush up there), football, running a successful business, motivation, cooking, and throwing a damn good party. Not much when it’s all boiled down. What I don’t know I research, but frankly, IMO research can only take you so far into a subject.
I read a lot of books with complicated plots where the protagonists have specialty jobs. I can tell when the author is writing what she knows or is going off research. I recently read a book by a #1 NY Times bestselling author. The book was set in an area I am very familiar with. And while she had the landmarks correct, she didn’t in my opinion have the energy of the people nailed. It wasn’t in the details. I lost interest in the book.
I think it would be really interesting to hear what everyone is really good at. And that brings me to my question: What do you know?
And before I forget, I want to mention that tomorrow the hubster will be guest blogging over at www.magicalmusings.com. I don’t want to give anything away, but if you read his blog you will, um, have a whole new perspective on man vs beast.