Friday, October 28, 2011

Life Really Is In the Details

It's my pleasure to welcome romance author Addison Fox, back to OVER COFFEE. This visit she's sharing her contemporary Alaskan Nights series. 

Her topic is one of interest--details. It's the little details that make characters all the more real to readers. The author's experiences in life also add a layer of reality to the characters.

As a writer, there are very few dreams that strike harder than the dream of being able to write full time.  It’s a common enough theme at writers conferences, with workshops abounding on “How to Quit Your Day Job,” “Writing Around Responsibilities,” and “How to Write With Children.” The imagined joy of being able to write all day fuels many an author through the long hours of doing the many things that can keep you away from the computer.

And while there are many authors who are able to write full time, I bet each and every one of them could still tell you all about the distractions that keep them from the keyboard.

The reality is, life is distracting. And being a writer (or any other profession), means you work around the craziness to continue performing at a high level. While these little ups and downs are a part of life, when you’re an author, they become fodder for whatever your imagination can conjure up. And there’s nothing more fun than taking a personal experience and twisting it to see how your characters would react to the same. Because of life’s little ups and downs, I know how my heroine feels when…

She gets rear-ended in a thunderstorm….or gets flirted with by a cute guy while waiting at Starbucks…or she has to walk up four stories because the elevator’s out in her apartment…or she watches a friend get married…or she gets a new puppy…or she loses a loved one…or she falls in love.


Whatever your “or” is, the experiences we have each day help to shape us. They make us who we are and add to the vibrancy of what we write.

So I offer up this challenge. Next time you see a butterfly on a flower or have a flat tire, chalk it up to research and file that moment away.  You never know when your characters might need it!

Come join us over coffee today and fill us in on some of the experiences that have shaped you. One lucky poster will win a copy of my new release, BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE.

Happy Writing!

Baby It’s Cold Outside

After a frantic call, Sloan McKinley travels to the heart of the Alaskan wilderness to be there for her best friend, who’s just inherited property in the small town of Indigo. The last thing she expects is to be lured by the town’s matriarchs into their annual contest to get their grandsons married off.

But Sloan can’t deny the appeal of the rugged local men-Walker Montgomery in particular. Soon she finds herself falling in love with the wild outdoors…and with one of Indigo’s most beloved residents. There’s just one question that remains: is the town’s most confirmed bachelor ready to get caught? A brief Excerpt

Addison Fox can’t remember a time when words weren’t part of her life. An avid reader, her love of the written word started at the tender age of one with The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear (a poem she could recite by heart to any family member who would listen.) Dr. Seuss, C.S. Lewis, Judy Blume and a host of others quickly followed until she discovered THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR by Jean M. Auel while writing a paper at the library in the seventh grade. Although not a classic romance, Ayla and Jondalar’s love story moved her firmly into the romance section and she hasn’t looked back!

Her paranormal romance series, The Sons of the Zodiac, launched with NAL in March of 2010. The series recounts the adventures (and path to true love!) for an immortal band of warriors, granted the powers of their astrological signs and charged with protecting humanity. 
Beginning in November 2011, Addison will have a new contemporary series on shelves as well.BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE is the first in the Alaskan Nights series. Set in the fictional town of Indigo, Alaska, a couple of city girls are about to learn that the wide open spaces of Alaska just may hold everything they’re looking for.
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Tonya Kappes said...

I love taking a small bit of reality and twisting it into a funny situation one of my quirky characters would find themselves in. Every one of my novels there is a small bit of me and an experience in there.

Addison Fox said...


I know what you mean! I'm asked surprisingly often if I base my characters on anyone and I don't - they are unique people who sort of invade my brain!! :-)

BUT....I absolutely believe the experiences we have and the way we view our world help shape those characters and the stories we write.


~Sia McKye~ said...

There is quite a few pieces of me in anything I write. I don't base my characters on any particular person in my life--perhaps a few of the situations, but my characters are their own entities that evolve and grow as the story does.

I did enjoy this article, Addison, and I'm glad you're visiting us again today and tomorrow!

Anne Gallagher said...

So much of me ends up in my books, but I daresay, I end up being in the men instead of the women. I'm not really sure why, I think it has to do with Type-A personality and take charge mentality.

Baby, It's Cold Outside sounds like a great read. It's now on my list. Best of luck with it.

Thanks Sia, for your kind comments on Tara's blog this morning.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Anne, it was my pleasure. I thought you made some excellent points and I added it to my FB feed!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Not entering to win, but I understand how distractions can help with a story. Everything my character faces in my next book is a distraction!

Addison Fox said...


I completely agree with you! I have no doubt that the way I see the world is embedded in both my characters - male and female alike!

And thanks so much for your sweet comments on BICO - I had a lot of fun writing this book!


Addison Fox said...


Ah yes, those pesky distractions always abound! :-) So glad you've been able to channel them into your book!!


Addison Fox said...


So glad you're enjoying this topic - I had a lot of fun putting this post together. To the point I made at the open, I've been surprised by how often people do ask the question about basing characters on real life.

I find it such a funny question, because I see these characters so distinctly in my mind. To me, they are their own person, not someone I know or have met.

All that said....most "normal" people aren't living in a writer's brain so I'm sure they think it's a very normal question to ask! :-)

And thanks again for having me!!

Jowake said...

Its true, authors get asked odd questions, where do you get your ideas being another. Life is stranger than fiction and of course life experiences turn up in stories otherwise they wouldn't be very interesting stories would they? In blogging, of course, my life is often what I talk about anyway.

Addison Fox said...


I know what you mean! Why is it, so many of the odd things that happen in real life....if we tried to put them into fiction we'd be told "that could never happen!"


Laila Knight said...

Distractions as a way of research...sure why not. I've often found myself wondering if my protagonist will like a certain shirt or prefer a type of food. Writing can happen with more than just our keyboards. Love this book...and anything that contains a happily ever after. :)

Addison Fox said...

Thanks, Laila!

And I love this - "writing can happpen with more than just our keyboards."

This is so true and often is a part of ourselves as writer's we don't appreciate enough. There IS value in daydreaming, in observing the world around us, in experiencing the world around us....all of it "counts" toward our writing!


Talli Roland said...

Ooh, what a great cover. I feel cosy and nice!

So true. Whenever anything mildly unpleasant happens, I always remind myself it's research.

Addison Fox said...

Thanks, Talli - I will admit to uttering a delighted squeal when I first saw the cover!! :-) The art folks at NAL are truly incredible.

And I hear you on that which is mildly unpleasant...not only is it research, but it's also an excuse for chocolate!!