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Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Fall is my favorite time of year—the colors, the crispness in the air, the corn mazes and haunted houses. I love riding my horse through the woods. I love taking the dog for a walk and watching her lose her furry little mind over all the squirrels all bustling about. There’s a sense of energy, of getting ready for winter, when the light is fading, the birds are all flying south for the winter and you know that deadline is looming large just over the horizon.

In my household, figure skating starts back up with regular school classes. This is the first year Tami’s doing competitive synchronized-team skating, so extra classes and extra ice time—freezing my butt off rink side.

They say write what you know and the research never ends! Everything you do and see and experience is fodder for books. Character emotions, experiences and interactions. You never know when a snippet of conversation or a real-life moment can inspire a fictitious scene.

In my new release Riever’s Heart, my heroine Verdeen is a fellow bookworm & horse lover. She dreams of having a horse of her own, like a million other little girls. When she gets stumped by a question, she tries to look up the answer in a book. I think we can all relate to having hopes and dreams. She doesn’t get her horse, and again I thing everyone can relate to her disappointment and having to come up with a Plan B.

As much as I love fall, I HATE winter! Every colorful crisp fabulous day just brings me that much closer to shorter, darker, colder days. It gets cold in Wisconsin. I loved researching Iceland for my fictitious island of Isadorikja, where my hero Aryk hails from. There’s definitely a Viking vibe going on! It was fun going on line checking out the northern lights, beluga whales, and ancient sailing. When Verdeen leaves the nice temperate paradise of Poshnari-Unai for the arctic wilds of Isadorikja, I could definitely channel my inner ice rink mom when she was cold and tired and hungry.

The big thing about the seasons—and for me fall in particular—is the fleeting sensation. It’s finite. One day the leaves are turning, the next they’re in full-blown glory and then they’re gone. Bare trees, grey skies—and wind. Snow. Ice. The same thing happens in books. There’s a deadline. There are the “bookends” of the beginning to the end. It builds a sense of urgency to think “I have to finish X activity by Y date.” Characters have the same scenario. Books don’t go on forever, so it’s easy to translate the subtle tension of real life onto the written page. Whether it’s a journey or an activity or a goal—characters have obligations and timelines.

Everything a writer does is fodder for that reality. I hope my fictitious world reflects enough of the real world and the characters seem like real people—their emotions, their dreams and goals. The seasons, the sense of change and that nothing is certain. And a little bit of a colorful flair!

Renee Wildes is an award-winning Wausau WI writer. She grew up reading fantasy authors Terry Brooks and Mercedes Lackey and is a huge Joseph Campbell fan, so the minute she discovered romance novels it became inevitable that she would combine it all and write fantasy romance. Renee is a history buff, from medieval times back to ancient Greece, esp. Sparta. As a Navy brat and a cop’s kid, she gravitated to protector/guardian heroes and heroines. She’s had horses her whole life, so became the only vet tech in a family of nurses. It all comes together in her Guardians of Light series for Samhain Publishing – fantasy, action, romance, heroics and lots of critters!

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Debby said...

I have read Renee;s stories before. They are very entertaining
debby236 at gmail dot com

katsrus said...

Hi Renee~waving~I love fall too. The colors are so beautiful. Not too hot not too cold. Good time to do all the fun things. Love Halloween and watching all the kids dress up.
Sue B

Renee Wildes said...

morning ladies!
glad you could join me over here today! love the decorating and the baking! my daughter Tami's still trying to decide what to go as for trick or treating this year. She's decided this is her last year, so she wants to do something dramatic!

Maria D. said...

I'm not particularly fond of winter either but I do love fall!

Renee Wildes said...

Hi ladies!

Glad you could stop by! Only thing about fall is when it rains it feels like it takes forever to dry out - leaves really hold the moisture in, but I love the smell of rain!

Weather and climate can be a big part of stories - it affects everything people do so why not characters, too? One more way to make everything more real.