Switching Things Up
by Merry Farmer
One question I’ve been asked a lot lately is “What made you decide to write an M/M Romance as part of a more conventional M/F series?” I actually really like this question because it leads me to talk about the reasons I write the stories I write on a much bigger level. It allows me to talk about why stories get written.
The easy answer to why I wrote Somebody to Love is because I knew that the character of Phineas Bell was important to the series, to Cold Springs, Montana, and to me personally. He’s a really wonderful character that has been in the Montana Romance series from the very start. He was an important secondary character in the first book of the series, Our Little Secrets, and he’s continued to make his presence felt in so many ways in the lives of the people of Cold Springs. I knew that Phin needed to have his own love story. He’s just that kind of sweet, earnest, lovable guy. It was inevitable that Elliott would come into his life.
Yep, I wrote Somebody to Love, an M/M Romance in the middle of a non-M/M series, because Phin needed that story. The world demanded it. It wasn’t really up to me in the end, it was up to Phin. Because the secret of writing is that the characters write their own stories. We authors are merely the conduit through which those stories are told.
It’s true. I can’t tell you how many of my stories have started out with solid, grounded characters with vivid personalities and interests. At first a lot of them have wandered around, being a character with a little motivation but not a lot of plot. Some of these characters have hung around me for years, flitting in and out of different story ideas before settling on one of their own. Once they’ve found the story for them, though, they soar!
I’m sure you’ve heard of writers who are “plotters” and writers who are “pantsers”. I tend to think of myself as something in between. I roll around with these characters in my mind for a while, and when they’re ready, they start to plot their own stories. I begin writing knowing a lot about the characters and what they want, and in a lot of cases the things that are holding them back. That’s what I know when I start, but as my fingers fly across the keyboard, I get to discover the twists and turns of the plots of the characters as they unfold them to me. Really, it’s like I get to read the book myself for the first time as I write that draft.
Phin and Elliott’s story was easy for me to write because I felt so close to both of them as I worked. Granted, that’s not always the case. Sometimes the characters don’t want to talk. But these guys wouldn’t be still or be quiet at all during the entire writing process. They knew where they wanted to go, and I just kicked back and followed them. So much of what became of the plot began with my knowledge of how much Phin loves his niece, Eloise West, and how desperately Elliott wants a home and how terrified he is of being rejected. Everything else came together once I knew those few things.
I fell completely in love with both of these guys as I wrote. How could you not? It was far easier to write a love story between two men than I thought it would be because it was these two that I was writing about.
Of course, the other question I am asked a lot these days is “Do you plan to write more M/M Romance?” And here’s the thing. Maybe. I don’t know. At the moment, I don’t have another M/M story poking at me from the inside, waiting to get out. I do have more gay characters, but they haven’t found their soul mates in my imagination yet. I definitely won’t rule out the possibility. I love the kind of response I’ve gotten from Somebody to Love so far and I would love to give this new audience of mine more. So stay tuned! You never know when the characters will start talking to you and telling you their story.
About Somebody to Love
For Phineas Bell, love has not only been out of reach, it has been impossible. In a world where men who love other men are anathema, he has poured his love into his work, his town, and the friends who accept him as family. But when a handsome new lodger takes over his home and his heart, breaking all his careful rules, Phin must choose between playing it safe and letting love in.
War hero Elliott Tucker is the answer to Cold Springs’s prayers for a sheriff worth his salt. But with every single woman in town throwing themselves at him, Elliott has eyes for only one person: Phin. The sparks are hot between then, but in spite of Elliott’s best efforts, Phin’s heart proves the toughest nut to crack. A love that starts with fire threatens to burn them both…
… until a shocking abduction throws Phin and Elliott together on the trail of ruthless kidnappers. Will their efforts to save a child wrench them apart or will it prove that at last they’ve found somebody to love?
About Merry Farmer
Merry Farmer lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats, Butterfly and Torpedo. She has been writing since she was ten years old and realized one day that she didn’t have to wait for the teacher to assign a creative writing project to write something. It was the best day of her life. She then went on to earn not one but two degrees in History so that she would always have something to write about. Today she walks along the cutting edge of Indie Publishing, writing Historical Romance and Sci-Fi. She is also passionate about blogging, knitting, and cricket and is working towards becoming an internationally certified cricket scorer.
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