Strawberry Sundae Saturday…

8 May

https://i2.wp.com/www.jgoode.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/sundae.jpgSitting in a booth at a local truck stop, sucking down a strawberry sundae with whipped cream on top. I glance over at my husband and admit to having the urge to jump across the table to kiss the crumbs, from his fried mushrooms, off his lips. lol. I’m not sure what triggered the thought but it was there. So much so, that I put my spoon down and gripped the bench I was sitting on to keep from doing just what I wanted. (There was young children in the room after all.)Ā  šŸ™‚

Anyway, I asked him, why he thought I was wanting to leap over the table and devour him. He shrugged and said, maybe it was because he was smiling more today.

This got me thinking about the characters in books and what triggers their attraction to each other. Contrary to what some may think, not all characters are so beautiful that they immediately want each other. An author/friend of mine has said on several occasions that it drives her crazy reading romances where the hero and heroine are attracted to each other but for no apparent reason. She says, “Feelings come from somewhere.”

And she’s right.

Today’s feelings for my husband were brought on by a smile. (That’s what he said.) But after further thought, I like to mix sweet and salty foods. So, I’m chalking up my urge to jump over the table, to eating a strawberry sundae and wanting something fried/salty with it. And it’s not my fault the crumbs were clinging to his lips. šŸ™‚

When you write do you consider the ‘why’? Why does your character feel this way or that? If you can’t answer the why you may need to go back to the drawing board. (Also, do you mix sweet/salty foods?) I recently taught our kids to dip french fries in ice cream. (But only as a treat. Once or twice per summer.)Ā  šŸ˜‰

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One Response to “Strawberry Sundae Saturday…”

  1. Rebekah May 10, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    Hehehe, that’s funny. I do like having “attractive” characters, but I also like flawed characters and having “something” bring them together. Sometimes it is that simple smile that does it. Or maybe it’s the “thoughtfulness behind a small gift–like a flower or a book or cooking dinner.

    Great post…

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