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 I saw this on Jill’s and Gena’s blogs this morning, and thought it looked like fun, so I joined in. Then melissa_writing saw it on my LJ and asked if I could post it here and ask for our other authors to do the same, in individual posts. And I think that’s a fantastic idea. While I’m not a huge fan of memes in general, this one gives readers/fellow writers a glimpse into books and authors they may not have read yet. And, it’s fun. Did I say that already? ;-)

So, in the spirit of making fun of myself, which I can’t seem to resist, here we go!

1.   First person POV. I actually can write in third. Did it all the time in college. But so far, all of my novels (seven of them, to date) have come out in first person.

2.   Heroine with an attitude. Sometimes (like with Faythe, in the werecat books), that’s because she still has a lot to learn, and she has no idea how difficult she’s being. Or she knows, but doesn’t care. Then, sometimes it’s because a heroine has earned her attitude (like the MC in Book on Spec.). But mostly, that’s just the way they come out.

3.   Heroine carries no purse. This is because I don’t carry a purse (except at conferences, because most of my slacks don’t have pockets), and have no idea what to put in them. The one time I wrote a purse for a heroine (in my very first, never-even-queried novel), it was so she could carry a knife, with which to kill the bad guy. And I had to call a friend to find out what else to put in it. Seriously.

4.   Men are beautiful, but troubled. Marc was orphaned early. Jace has daddy issues (to be seen in Pride). And it goes on, in books/series you guys haven’t seen yet. ;-)

5.   The book is long. Can’t help it. I’ve learned how to cut and tighten dramatically, starting with Rogue, but so far, nearly every book I’ve ever written has come out very long in the rough draft. And the one that didn’t is growing during the re-write.

6.   People die. Not just one person. People. And in all but one book, the deaths have been violent and usually messy.

7.   Girls have guts, and know how to fight. And if they don’t, they learn.

8.   Things “apparently” happen. Just ask Rinda, my CP. I’m more aware of my over-use of that word now, and am trying to curb it. ;-)

9.   Guys are very well-built. Because it’s fantasy, people. Come on!

10.  A happy ending is not guaranteed. Because even fantasy novels have to relate to real life somehow, and in real life, there are few happy endings. So my books have real endings, because the characters are usually willing to sacrifice their own happiness for the greater good. (Yes, Stray ended with most people happy, but that was only the beginning of the series. Mwa ha ha ha!)

So, if you can come up with ten things that are typically true of your own novels, put your own list in a new post. Thanks for playing along!

Rachel Vincent

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patricemichelle
Jan. 7th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
This was GREAT, Rachel! I cracked up about the purse. Come to think of it, I didn't see you carrying one at RT, just the tote. ;)

Okay, I'll play. I'll post something in a bit.
rkvincent
Jan. 8th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Yup, just the tote, which was mostly empty anyway. ;-)

Rachel
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rkvincent
Jan. 7th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
No problem! Thanks for playing along. And I'm with you on betrayal. I haven't explored that a lot in my own books, but I love reading about it. ;-)

Rachel
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rkvincent
Jan. 8th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
I'm also a big fan of revenge. In fiction, of course. Really... ;-)

Rachel
blindmouse
Jan. 8th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
I won your IN THE SERPENT'S COILS in the recent FFF raffle (which, thank you! Free books that are won are somehow oceans cooler than any other free books; especially when they come in the mail), and I've just started reading. I found it fascinating trying to trace the hints of the elements you've listed in the opening I've read ...
rclementmoore
Jan. 7th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
I love this! Must do immediately. I wonder if I would put the same things that my editor and CPs would. (Readers don't know me well enough yet.)

--Rosemary Clement-Moore
rkvincent
Jan. 8th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
That's such a great picture of you! Is it in your book?

Rachel
rclementmoore
Jan. 8th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
Heh. No. It was passed over as too goofy for the cover photo. If you can believe it.

We actually settled on one that is cute but less, um, toothy. (Relatively speaking.)
jer_bear711
Jan. 7th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Great exercise, Rachel! I went years without carrying a purse, but then my husband got tired of sticking my stuff in his pockets. Now when we go places, I end up with his sunglasses, keys, wallet, and iPod in my purse.

Oh, here's my meme.
rkvincent
Jan. 8th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
And that is why I refuse to carry a purse. But I must admit that my friends have made fun of my "chipmunk" pockets for years. As well as the wallet in my back pocket. ;-)

Rachel
rclementmoore
Jan. 7th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
I thought that would be easier than it was. I knew what I always *mean* to put in, but not the things that creep in subconsciously, which are always the more interesting ones. :)

ANyway-- Here is my list.

Rosemary Clement-Moore
jocelynndrake
Jan. 8th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
I love this game. I had to play ... even though my book isn't even out yet. Less than seven months, baby! I'm so pathetic....


Here's my list

http://jocelynndrake.livejournal.com/22283.html
sandy_williams
Jan. 8th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
The heroine in my book (not published or anything) doesn't carry a purse either. Purses are too girly to me. Unfortunately, I carry one. I don't want to. Where do you put your wallet, cell phone, and car keys? I can probably do without all the other crap I carry around, but not those things.

Sandy
rkvincent
Jan. 8th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
I carry my phone and keys in my front pockets, along with a powder compact. My wallet goes in my back pocket. I don't seem to need anything else.

However, I should probably admit that my friends have made fun of me and my "chipmunk" pockets for years now. ;-)

Rachel
rnanashima
Jan. 8th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
Me Too!
What an interesting topic! I enjoyed these lists so much that I wrote one too.
It's not as writerly as you guys' lists, but it's trying hard to be funny, so please stop by and give it a pat on the head!

http://rosenanashima.com/thedailyaddiction/?p=13
harryeragon1fan
Jan. 10th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
haha, yea no purse for me...
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