Common Threads

30 Apr

During the course of my writing, I’ve noticed there are common threads that crop up in my books. Some things find their way into stories because they are interests, pieces of my personality or things that I have experience with. When I look back on my published books, and the many projects I have in the works, a few things really stand out.

  1. Food – I think I may have a minor obsession with food. Maybe it comes from the decade I spent in the industry, waiting tables, bartending, even cooking, or maybe it’s just because I really love food. I’m addicted to food porn (pictures of food, not porn with food, naughty people!). I read a lot of food blogs. I love watching shows like Top Chef and Diners Drive-ins and Dives. So yeah, I guess it’s an obsession. My first book, This Side of Heaven has a pancakes scene. Wrapped Around Your Finger is pretty much culinary erotica. There’s naked sushi, southern breakfast, grilled prawns, chai cupcakes and very creative use of ginger. My current project, A Firm Hand, has a kinky dinner scene complete with bitter chocolate sauce. Sensing a theme here? Me too.
  2. Unconventional heroines – I don’t set out to write them. I think they just end up that way. My heroines tend to have tattoos, vibrantly colored hair or piercings. They dress in an unusual fashion, typically an edgier style. I’m sure one day I’ll write about a more conservative heroine. Maybe. Who knows?
  3. Kink – All of my books have some level of kink. I think it’s likely because that’s just how my brain is wired. Even my completely non-kinky paranormal has a spanking scene. Of course Wrapped Around Your Finger is all about kink–spanking, bondage, dominance, submission, forced orgasms and more. The two books I’m writing now are also kink. I’m sensing another theme here, LOL.

I’m sure as my career progresses new threads will form. I don’t want my writing to become stale and predictable, but I think some themes will always be with me. Learning to think outside of my box will be interesting and fun. We shall see where it leads me in the future.

4 Responses to “Common Threads”

  1. Marilyn Campbell April 30, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    Great blog Fallon. I think one of the things readers like is when they have an idea of what to expect even if the expectation is to be surprised by the author.

  2. Desiree Holt April 30, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    I agree, Fallon. I find that in all of my books I have very strong heroes and heroines which often creates the basic tension of the story. And Texas. I guess I’m obsessed with Texas. Of course I live here! LOL! But if you’re obsessed with food I have to read your stories. Yum yum!

  3. Karen C April 30, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    Gee, I’m thinking those are pretty cool ‘common threads’..

  4. shannonemmel April 30, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    I think that common threads are a great thing, especially where marketing and “branding” of your work are concerned.

    Regular readers recognize those common elements in your writing and expect them to be present when they read it. In many cases they may buy books by a particular author because of those expectations.

    Branching out into other things is fine, too, but your main fan base comes to expect a certain level of consistancy with respect to those common threads and (I think) would be disappointed NOT to find them in one of your books.

    If you as an author, recognize common threads in your writing, and if those are things that you really enjoy writing, then I say “embrace it”.

    Mix it up with a surprising twist to keep it fresh, but keep your regulars “addicted” by continuing to feed their expectations.

    Sounds like a win/win to me!

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