Wickeds, I was going to ask about the first time you fell in love. Instead, let’s delve into some protagonist back story. Who was the first person your protagonist fell in love with? How did it start, and how did it end? Are they still (or again) in touch? Anybody Go! I will give away a copy of any of the Country Store mysteries except the first one (sorry, out of copies).
Julie: In my Garden Squad series, I love Lilly’s love backstory. Her first husband was Pete Frank. They’d known each other forever, and marrying him felt like the logical step in Lilly’s life. She may have thought she was in love with him, but Lilly is very practical and I don’t think she expected hearts, flowers and fireworks. Pete left her, and she focussed on her career. Then she met Alan. Alan was her first love. When the series starts, she’s just coming out of a period of deep grief over his death. I love how grateful she is to Pete for leaving her, so that she could meet and love Alan. Lilly’s in her mid-sixties now. As I’m working on the 5th book, I don’t think she’s done with love.
Edith/Maddie: I love Lilly’s backstory, too, Julie. Mac Almeida in the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries had a big love when she was in college at Harvard. He was affectionate, creative, and nudged her out of her obsession with neatness and order a little. Alas, he died in a skiing accident. After she got over her grief, Mac found the dating scene too messy for a number of years. She can’t quite believe her luck at finding baker Tim, who is pretty much perfect and adores her.
Barb: This question is an easy one with the protagonist in the Maine Clambake Mysteries, Julia Snowden. She’s in a grown-up relationship with Chris Durand, her middle-school crush–the heart-pounding, weak-in-the-knees, tongue-tying kind of crush. But now they’re adults, with adult baggage and adult challenges, and life is a lot more complicated.
Jessie: My sleuths are on opposite ends of this spectrum. Edwina, a proper English spinster and surplus woman is actually a desperate romantic and has never been in love with an actual person. She has had rather a soft spot for many fictional characters however. On the other hand, her dear friend Beryl, has been in and out of love so often she could probably not remember her first love!
Sherry: It’s so interesting to see the different takes everyone has on romance in their books. Sarah was eighteen when she met her husband CJ. Her mom forbid her from dating the men stationed at the Army and Navy bases in Monterey. So Sarah rushed right up to the Presidio near her house and ran (literally) into CJ. I didn’t know how they actually met until I wrote about it in book three All Murders Final. It even surprised me!
Readers: Tell us about your first love, human, furry, or literary! One of you will win a copy of one of my Country Store Mysteries, your choice (except book #1, Flipped for Murder).