Tuesday, November 22, 2011

In a Man’s World, by Melissa Foster

 Today I have a super special surprise, Melissa Foster is going to be posting here today for her third book launch - Come Back to Me. I'll be reviewing her book next week so I don't want to give too much away, but I will say this, the outlook is positive ;)

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Take it away Melissa -

Who doesn’t love a macho, handsomecharacter? Add a little emotion and you’ve got a winner—you hope.

Creating believable men issomething that I truly enjoy. Having grown up with six brothers in atestosterone-driven world, all I had to do was pull from memories. Wrap thosememories into my daily life with five sons, and the macho, emotional characteris born.

Here’s a gross generality for you,and feel free to slam me, as I’m a blatantly honest person and I write what Ifeel. Males are visceral and females are emotionally driven (author dodgestomatoes as their thrown in her direction). I’ve learned from growing up (andold) with males, that when they’re upset, they let you know why, in veryclear—and not always tactful—ways.  

I’mhungry. I’m bored. You pissed me off. I’ve overwhelmed. I hate that blue dress,it makes your butt look huge. Women, on the other hand, tend to be covetousof the driving force behind their discord—this lessens, I think, with age, butit’s still there. [Dialogue taking placein the woman’s head] I hope he notices that I’m ignoring him. Doesn’t he seeanger written all over my face? I’m mad, but you should know why I’m mad—Ishouldn’t have to tell you.

Growing up in a male-drivenhousehold helped me to understand the differences between male and females. Ialso think that perhaps I am wired more like a male—as I’m very straightforwardand don’t enjoy drama—cutting to the chase will always get you further in mylittle world then hoping I notice something is awry.

There seems to be a downside todeveloping strong male characters—one that I didn’t see coming. I have noissues with bad language when used at appropriate times. Bad words happen—in myhouse, they’re even commonplace among the males (like how I talk about maleslike they’re a different species?). For some unknown reason, curse words have alife of their own. They convey wrath and despair, hatred and can even be usedas qualifiers for happy events. 

I’ve discovered recently, though, that not allreaders have the same take as I do on bad language. Some expect bad language tobe left out of emotional scenes all together, while others see the visceralside of those scenes and feel they’re completely appropriate. This is thedownside for me—I have to write what my characters feel, and oftentimes, theyfeel something that only a curse word will convey.  I apologize to my readers, because I do carewhat you think and what you enjoy reading, but ultimately I have to be true tomy characters, and saying, “That darn guy,” simply doesn’t cut it when a guy isangry.

Tell me readers, what’s your takeon curse words in books? 


Melissa Foster is a Bestselling Kindle Author and mother to 6. You can find her  Website, Facebook, Twitter, and FB Fanpage by clicking the links. Come Chat at The Women's Nest parat of the  WoMen's Literary Cafe, Where readers and authors unite! (for men & women) 

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