Patience— Nyssa is known for this quality. At times I would say she has too much tolerance when she is dealing with Solo. So that brings up the question, can a person have too much of what is considered a good trait? Perhaps. What have I learned from this? I have learned that sitting back and waiting for something does not work. If it is something I really desire, I have to go after it. And I don't settle until I have achieved the goal. I am a great goal setter, always have been and probably always will be. Reevaluating the old saying "patience is a virtue" is it? Too a certain extent absolutely. Can it get in the way of a person's goals? At times. Moderation must be the key.
Don't settle for second best—career and mate— Early on Nyssa realizes she does not like her chosen career as a Wall Street broker. She decides to quit her job and return home where she finds a relaxing career as a bicycle tour guide. Settling for second best has never been my style. I'm not sure I learned this from my characters or if I they learned it from me. Long ago as a competitive swimmer I learned to set goals and work hard to meet them.
Learn to laugh at life's little blunders— ok, so Solo wasn't laughing when he encountered the female with the skunk and the "willing, eager, and able women" who wanted to seduce him and marry him. But eventually he laughed with Nyssa over this.
Take adventure whenever you can find it— often times we get so caught up with work that we don't have time to explore new venues. As a retired teacher I now have the opportunity and the means to travel. Even if the travel only takes me a couple hundred miles from where I live—the Pacific coast or central Oregon-- I like to see new things and experience life. I have definitely learned this from Solo who takes every opportunity to find new and exotic photo shoots. I haven't been to Africa nor have I swam with whales, but in Hawaii I have swum with the turtles. I have so many places to visit. Will I ever have enough time? I certainly plan on it.
Don't put off today's fun—life can be way too short— Solo believes in making his work his fun as does Nyssa. Again I'm not sure who taught whom what. But I've always told my kids you should enjoy your work then it is not work. I've finally reached the point where work is fun. I loved teaching, hated the discipline, but I did enjoy my life long career. Now I love, absolutely love writing and creating new characters. I've been rejuvenated and am reworking Rebel Heart, which will have a new cover as well as a new interior come the end of June.
Change is a good thing—Solo loves change, Nyssa does not. Change is what makes us keep living, feeds the brain cells and makes life fun. I have learned this from my characters. I have always disliked change. Now I love change, like to mix-it-up so to speak. Don't want life to be too dull.
About the Author:Born in Medford, Oregon, novelist Christine Young has lived in Oregon all of her life. After graduating from Oregon State University with a BS in science, she spent another year at Southern Oregon State University working on her teaching certificate, and a few years later received her Master's degree in secondary education and counseling. Now the long, hot days of summer provide the perfect setting for creating romance. She sold her first book, Dakota's Bride, the summer of 1998 and her second book, My Angel to Kensington. Her teaching and writing careers have intertwined with raising three children. Christine's newest venture is the creation of Rogue Phoenix Press. Christine is the founder, editor and co-owner with her husband. They live in Salem, Oregon.
Rogues Angels blog: http://www.roguesangels.blogspot.com/
In love with Solo for the past ten years and knowing he doesn't return her feelings Nyssa doesn't want to talk to Solo. She knows if she accepts his phone call, she will not be able to resist the temptation to hope again.