I’m beyond thrilled that Becoming Josephine has released into the world, in the hopes of entertaining and inspiring readers. This week, my lovely friends and fellow debut authors here at The Debutante Ball have talked up some of my favorite aspects of the novel. Now it’s my turn to share what my beloved protagonist, Josephine Bonaparte taught me about writing.
Josephine loved details—the beautiful beading on a gown, the favorite sweets of an influential politician, the manner in which an ally might enjoy entertainment. Historical novels are often ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS and I did my damnedest to show them.
My heroine yearned for love and stability. Every good story has a protagonist that YEARNS for something, and I made sure there was plenty of yearning in Becoming Josephine.
Josephine was strong, brave and she always STAYED THE COURSE. Writing novels is not for the faint of heart, the weak-spirited and easily swayed. To succeed, you must press on as she did.
So thank you, fair Josephine, for your exciting life, your engaging voice in my ear, and the many lessons you’ve taught me about writing along the way. Your story has changed my life.
What about you, fellow writers? Have you learned anything about writing from your protagonist(s)? Readers, have you been inspired by a favorite character in some way?