The ExPat Returneth

Friday, January 24, 2014

Why Small Town, Georgia?

Choosing Small Towns For a Setting

When I began writing my first Cherry Tucker mystery, PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY, I was living in Japan. My family and I enjoy living overseas, and we loved Nagoya, Japan. However, while living in Japan I didn’t feel pulled to write a story that took place in the city and country we habitually explored. I felt compelled to write about our other home in Georgia. Specifically, small town Georgia (as I’m a small town girl). That’s how my brain works. It never makes things easy for me.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Stubborn Heroines - Hijack in Abstract by Larissa Reinhart

Stubborn as a Virtue.
My mother always complained about my bullheadedness. I’m horribly stubborn. Slice off my nose to spite my face stubborn. Make my jaw ache from gritting my teeth stubborn. It’s a major character flaw in what could be a sunny personality. It drives my husband batty. It ticks off my sister. It prevents me from seeing all sides to an argument.
So why do we like our heroines to be stubborn? We also like them to be smart, enterprising, courageous, and hopefully, beautiful (without them knowing it, of course). But stubborn? That ain’t no virtue. Ask my mother. It’s not pretty to see a girl with a steely set to her jaw and daggers in her eyes.

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