Today’s heroes and heroines don’t necessarily have to be at the top of their profession. They can be cops or doctors or lawyers. And in fact, heroines could have those same jobs. At least now we have some kind of occupational equality in romance novels.
However, my dilemma is that I don’t know anything about these kind of occupations. Having spent almost all my working life in a High School environment, I don’t have a clue about other jobs. I know I can glean some basic information from research or reading autobiographies but this still doesn’t give me the ‘inside’ information that lends authenticity. And I don’t know any lawyers or PR/advertising executives or hotel owners etc etc etc.
So what do I do? Use my imagination and hope I’m not completely wide of the mark? Knowing how unrealistically TV shows and movies often portray teachers and life in schools, I worry that someone reading my book will wince in the same way and say, as I have often said, “Well, THAT would never happen.”
‘His Leading Lady’ (my June release with Whiskey Creek Press) is set in
London’s West End theatre world. What do I know about professional theatre? Nothing! At least, not from an insider’s POV. I drew on my experience of amateur theatre, did quite a lot of research and am now keeping my fingers crossed that it sounds reasonably authentic.
So – I’d be VERY interested to know how other writers manage to give their heroes and heroines occupations about which they have no personal knowledge or experience.