A Romance Writer’s Supporting Characters

Surprise, surprise. It’s the fourth Tuesday of the month. Again.

My monthly post on this blog comes around only every 4-5 weeks. Yet, without fail it takes me by surprise. It’s not a bad surprise, by any means. I enjoy being a part of The Romance Readers’ Cafe. But I also wish my brain would stick ‘monthly blog post reminder’ somewhere closer to the front, and leave slightly less important facts like ‘life cycles of caterpillars’ and ‘my old zip codes’ farther towards the back.


In honor of yet another surprise Tuesday, here’s what I’ve been thinking about lately (apart from the life cycles of caterpillars):

Supporting characters.

Technically, I only need myself and my computer to write. However, behind every writer, there’s a cast of supporting characters. Here’s an open letter to mine:




Coffee. I feel like this list would not be complete without you. Years ago, before we met, I used to wonder what seemingly made writers all over the world sip you, devour you in buckets, and basically anything akin to getting an IV of you in their arm. Loving you, seemed a prerequisite to being a writer. I get it now. You get to me.


Music. You’re everything from country to instrumental pop music, to actual pop music, to Mozart. To be honest, Mozart doesn’t seem to make much of a difference for me. However, research has it touted as a brain-boosting sound. And some days my brain needs all the help it can get (for proof, please refer to my ‘monthly surprise blog installment’ at the beginning of this post). I need you to put me in the mood I’m writing; a gushing romance scene requires romantic music. I need you to keep boredom away when I don’t feel like writing. Most of all, I need Spotify to keep playing you so that my computer doesn’t go into hibernation mode while I overthink my plot points.

A Decluttered Space. Our relationship is easily summed up by Tim McGraw in his song “I Need You”. Since we moved to this new zip code, you and I have been on the rocks, but I can’t stop missing you.



Nature. I think best when surrounded by you. Sitting cross-legged under a tree, surrounded by a warm summer breeze and sunshine through the leaves. On a piece of driftwood, feet in the sand, sound of the ocean in my ears. At the table, surrounded by four potted plants and a Yucca palm in the living room will do in a pinch.

Books on writing. For those moments when I can’t tell character motivation from a cup of coffee. And what on earth is a scene goal anyways? Writing is breathing to me. Unlike breathing, there seem to be rules I need to follow in order to make sure my diaphragm (or story as it is) doesn’t sag in the middle. When parts of my story need help, you are my rescue. When parts of my desire to browse the internet instead of writing are stronger than me, you get me back on track.



My favorite fiction books. I keep you nearby (usually on my kindle app on my phone). Why? Because good writing makes me want to write. And when my motivation sags, a favorite paragraph from you will revive it.



Lip Gloss. When all else fails, another layer of you makes me think I can actually do this.


So, enough about me.

Do you have any supporting characters in your life that help you get your work done?



Austin Ryan makes her home in a forest clearing in the nutmegy part of New England.

In love with words, books and all things related, she can usually be found either reading or writing, or even reading about writing.

She wrote her first story at seven, an illustrated adventure about a troll girl retrieving her doll from the moon. The story was self-published in one copy, and most likely still exists in her mother’s attic.

Since then she’s written numerous stories, and now she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Austin writes inspirational romance, working her way toward publication one paragraph at a time.

Apart from all things bookish, her favorite past times include going on adventures with the-best-six-year-old-ever, hanging (more) twinkle lights around the house, or simply watching the waves roll in from the ocean.

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About the Author:

Austin Ryan makes her home in a forest clearing in the nutmegy part of New England. In love with words, books and all things related, she can usually be found either reading or writing, or even reading about writing. She writes inspirational romance, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). She’s also a contributing writer at The Romance Readers’ Cafe. You can find Austin on: Instagram www.austinryanwrites.wordpress.com The Romance Readers’ Cafe Goodreads


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  2. Beth Olsson June 28, 2018 at 2:15 am - Reply

    “Lip Gloss. When all else fails, another layer of you makes me think I can actually do this.”

    😂😂😂 I love it!! You always make me smile!

    One of favorite supporting characters is my minivan. Tonight we shared a chocolate frosty by ourselves. And by shared I mean, I dripped some on the seat 😏

    • Austin Ryan June 28, 2018 at 10:54 pm - Reply

      Haha on the frosty sharing 🙂 Yes, there’s a lot of plotting going on in the car here too!
      I’m happy my writing makes you smile! 🙂

  3. Loraine Nunley June 30, 2018 at 12:35 am - Reply

    I love this Austin and I completely relate. Me and coffee with my Salted Caramel Mocha creamer. 🙂 I would also include the many pens and notebooks that have come and gone.

    • Austin Ryan June 30, 2018 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Salted Caramel Mocha sounds delicious, and Oh yes! Pens and notebooks 🙂 🙂 I have… a couple.

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