People Being People

You know what I like about stories?

People being people.

People are interesting. Or is it just me? Everyone has something special about them. A quirk, if you will. I read a book recently where one of the characters talked to the cars on the road and did online stress shopping.

Yes Austin, you know that story 😉 (Falling For You by Becky Wade).

These were small things in the grand scope of the story, but I loved it.


Because people do those things. I’ve talked to inanimate objects a time or two in my life. Have you? I know someone who double and triple checks locks. People bite their nails. We binge watch TV shows and have crushes on make believe heroes. Do you know someone who is a walking dictionary?

I find that I can relate to these characters in a deeper way because they have quirks. They act like real people. They remind me of myself or someone I know.

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As a writer, I sometimes struggle with my characters because they are my babies. They can’t have quirks, can they? I want them to be perfect. But here’s the thing with perfection…

It isn’t relatable.

And it can be boring.

The books I love, and remember the most, are the ones where the characters are far from perfect. Even when they are desperately trying to be perfect. Those are the books where the characters become my friends. The romances where I root for a happily ever after.

Characters need to be people.

So I have a book recommendation for you romance readers: Becky Wade’s newest release, Falling For You. Her romances give me warm tinglies (is that a word?) and her characters are very relatable.

Falling for You by Becky Wade

Now, I’m turning the conversation over to you.

Have you read something recently where you related to the character?

Do you have a clean romance book recommendation for us?

Loraine Nunley is an author and blogger who grew up near Detroit, Michigan and now lives just outside of Fort Worth, Texas. She is a member of ACFW and writes inspirational romance. In 2017, she was honored to be a finalist in the suspense category of the ACFW First Impressions contest.

Being a romantic at heart, Loraine often finds inspiration for her writing within her own marriage. She has been blessed to find her own real life romantic hero with her husband. Her writing career has included a self-help book about remarriage and a series of children’s books about military aircraft.

When not writing furiously and dreaming up stories, she can be found reading, adding books to her over flowing bookshelves, homeschooling her children, and enjoying time with her family.

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  1. Austin Ryan May 16, 2018 at 2:23 am - Reply

    Hahaha! I totally read the sentence about the person talking about cars and thought “wait, that sounds familiar! I’m pretty sure I’ve read that story.” And lo and behold 🙂 🙂

    Yes, perfect people are boring. The most relatable people I read about in fiction are the people that remind me of myself. It doesn’t have to be the heroine, in fact, it’s often the hero that I recognize myself in. We don’t even have to be in remotely the same situations. I’ve learned new things about myself from very unlikely people in fiction. People in situations I’m pretty sure I won’t be in, but their hearts were exactly in the same spot as mine, and it meant everything for my reading experience.

    I have a recommendation! *jumping up and down Hermione style*
    I’m going to recommend another Becky Wade novel, “Meant to be Mine”. It is one of my favorite books EVER. And probably coming in on the heels of “Falling for You” as a Becky Wade favorite.
    I’m also a baker, like Celia (the heroine), and I started working full-time as one, shortly after finishing this book the first time 🙂 I’m rereading it right now. Although, procrastinating, because I DON’T WANT IT TO END.

    Thanks for another great post, Loraine!

    • Loraine Nunley May 16, 2018 at 3:50 pm - Reply

      Oh I loved ‘Meant to be Mine’ too. The rodeo rebel and the baker. I am definitely a fan of Becky Wade. That is really neat that you found a character working in the same field as you. I love when that happens. 😉

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