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AH, THE GLAMOROUS LIFE OF A WRITER!!
So, I’m writing this book. Surprise! I’m a writer! But sometimes, when you start a story, you find yourself writing about stuff you don’t know the first thing about.
Interestingly, I’m not talking about gay sex. For whatever reason, and however I’m wired, writing gay sex doesn’t make me uncomfortable at all. I want to make sure I get it right, to be sure. But it doesn’t make me nervous. What does make me nervous is writing other topics that people might know a lot about and because I don’t, getting them wrong. Because the last thing a writer wants to hear is ‘why didn’t you do the research?’
So what am I writing about that’s caused this reaction? Home improvements. I kid you not. Replacing a water heater, rewiring a breaker panel, fixing a roof with a leak in it, repairing a fireplace that’s blocked by pine needles, clearing a block in a water main. Sexy, huh? And even though I’ve owned several homes, I’ll cop to the truth; I don’t know a hell of a lot about fixing any of the above. So, God bless the internet!
In this book my main character, David, buys a house that was built in 1921. It’s a cute house, craftsman style, with a deep porch and lots of artisan wood work, including hardwood floors and crown molding. David buys the house on the rebound. After walking in and finding his lover of five years cheating on him, the home they’ve shared is not somewhere he can be any more. Searching for something, anything that feels like ‘home’, he sees the house across the street from his mother for sale and he buys it without any of the safeguards in place he knows he should have before signing on the dotted line. He’s in the house less than a full day when things start to go wrong. The door falls off of his dishwasher. The charming old refrigerator stops working. The water heater fails. The power goes out.
Desperate to make the charming old house whole, David hires a ‘handyman’ sight unseen, someone who’s done work for his mother. In advance of his arrival, David anticipates an older guy with a balding head, a wife beater stretched tight over his pot belly and a butt crack above ill-fitting jeans. That’s not who shows up at his door. Jackson Henry is tall, dark and handsome, and he knows his stuff. Hence, while writing him, I need to know mine.
The search history on my computer has some interesting sites bookmarked. Water heaters at Lowe’s. Dishwasher replacements at Fred’s Appliance. Sites about air conditioners and thermostats and converting an old house from fuses to breakers. Chimney caps that prevent pine needles from falling into a chimney, which is a real fire hazard, and a circa 1950’s refrigerator that unlike most other things in the house still runs like a top on the power is back on.
Of course, David falls for the handsome handyman. The romance I know. But the home repairs? Not so much.
I sure hope these internet sites got it right. Because if they didn’t, I’ll hear about it!
About Diana Copland
Diana Copland began writing in the seventh grade, when she shamelessly combined elements of Jane Eyre and Dark Shadowsto produce an overwrought Gothic tale that earned her an A- in creative writing, thanks entirely to the generosity of her teacher. She wrote for pure enjoyment for the next three decades before discovering LiveJournal and a wonderful group of supportive fanfiction writers, who after gifting her with a “”Best New Author”” Award encouraged her to try her hand at original gay fiction.
Born and raised in southern California, Diana moved to the Pacific Northwest after losing a beloved spouse to AIDS in 1995. She lives in eastern Washington with four obnoxious cats, near her two wonderful adult children.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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