"It's easy to believe in magic when you're young. Anything you couldn't explain was magic then. It didn't matter if it was science or a fairy tale. Electricity and elves were both infinitely mysterious and equally possible - elves probably more so." ~Charles de Lint
First, sorry I missed everyone last month. May was crazy busy, but wonderful. Hubby and I drove down to Dallas to see Les Miserables, we had all the end of school year stuff for my boys, and then hubby and I went to Ireland for 10 glorious days!
Cliffs of Moher
Texas was a quick getaway, but Dublin was amazing. My hubby was going for a week of work and I was super lucky to tag along. We went a few days early so we could get out in the country and do some sight seeing. It was beautiful, the weather was perfect, and we walked 30 miles (according to my fitbit) the first 3 days we were there. Once hubby went to work, so did I.
I settled into the hotel and finished Landscape Love and sent it off to my beta readers. That only took two days, so I still had plenty to get out in the city on my own to explore. Since returning, I've been working on revisions and edits to get LL ready to release at the end of the month. Here is where the insecurities come in.
Landscape Love is only my second straight up romance. That still makes me nervous, but this one is also spicier than the first novel. That in itself isn't the main issue. My biggest concern is that my main character is Hispanic and often slips into Spanish when she's nervous or angry. I'm not Hispanic. I don't speak Spanish. See where my insecurity comes in?
What if google translate has steered me wrong? What if I have my character saying something that culturally would never be said or what if I offend someone? In an effort to avoid these things, I have a dear friend reading for me right now. She's helping me tweak the Spanish to what she would have said, and I've asked her to let me know if there is anything/anywhere she would have viewed the situation differently or handled it differently. Hopefully that will be enough.
Now, in my head I know I can't make everyone happy, but it would be nice, you know?
The good news is my writers group have found this story to be as funny in spots as I thought it was. That makes me happy. It was a fun time writing and I hope others have a fun time reading.
Have you written about a different ethnic group or culture other than your own? How did you research and were you a basket case knowing others were going to read it?
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June 6th question: What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?
Definitely book titles. I kind of suck at it! In fact, I still don't have a good one for Eleena's story (my next scifi) and I've been working on it for two years now. Nothing seems to fit or sound like a book anyone would pick up. I'm really hoping some of my awesome beta readers can help me come up with something in the next few months because I really hope to finish it and get it out by the end of the year.
Characters just come to me and most of the time they tell me their names pretty quickly. There was only one time I struggled with a name. That was Caedan in Fade Into Me. He had about seven different names before the book was released. I almost gave up on him!