I’m forever reading marketing or non-fiction books in addition to my fiction addiction. Love that – it rhymes: fiction addiction. Anyway, the writer of the latest book I read said readers need to be enthused about a book. If the author isn’t excited about it, why should the reader be?
Well, that makes sense.
I thought about that a lot. The more I thought about it, the more sense it made.
Up until now I’ve been very Southern Belle about my books. I’ve been very restrained, very ladylike, very demure, self-effacing and modest.
Let’s change things up!
Well, roll down the stockings, roll up the rug, open up the curtains and let’s air out this place! No more of that stuff.
Let me tell you how I really feel about The Virgin of Clan Sinclair.
I absolutely adore Ellice.
Ellice has been browbeaten to hell and back. Her mother is a pill. Her dead sister has become a saint in her mother’s eyes and an eternal example for Ellice. Through it all, she shuts up, holds back her words and retreats into a world of her own. Her imagination is her friend. And her enemy. She dreams up the most outlandish things that could happen but never do. But when circumstances make her the wife of a man who enchants and charm her, why does she need her imagination any longer? Reality is so much more exciting.
I loved Ellice’s pluck and her resolve. She didn’t march through life like Mairi in The Witch of Clan Sinclair. She endured. I sometimes think most of us are like that. We don’t draw attention to ourselves. We don’t march. We don’t picket. We live quiet lives of dignity and grace.
Ellice’s story wasn’t simply one of finding love, but of finding her strength. The restrained way she faced down her mother is an example of that strength. She didn’t scream. She didn’t shout. She simply said the words that made her mother sputter in disbelief.
Sis boom bah!
I want everyone to love each one of my books. I know that’s not possible. But from now one, I’m going to be less restrained and more of a cheerleader.
(I googled the term “sis boom bah” to make sure I had it right only to discover this old Johnny Carson clip. Sis boom bah is a cheerleading chant from 1867.)