Lynnette Austin's 5 Favorite Things, Author of I’ve Got You, Babe
Do you ever wonder, when you’re in the middle of a truly wonderful day or an incredible evening, why the entire world isn’t doing exactly what you’re doing? Why your favorite things aren’t their favorite things?
As a writer, I get to decide what my characters love and what they hate, what they’re indifferent to and what they’re afraid of. This is a huge part of what makes each character unique; it makes him who he is deep down inside. It’s also often what initially catches the hero’s eye when he meets the heroine and what eventually makes him fall madly in love with her—or acts as a roadblock to their relationship.
I thought I’d share five of my favorite things with you today.
The late night/early morning hours when everyone else is asleep.
I like people. I really do. But I also love alone time. The quiet hours of the night are perfect. The house is so quiet. I can think my own thoughts with no interruptions. During the daytime, there are expectations that dictate what we do and when we do them. Late at night I’m free to watch TV, read, listen to music, or work on my current book. No one is going to call, no one will walk into my office, no one will make any demands on my time. It’s all mine.
Freshly mown grass.
Smell is the strongest of our senses when it comes to recalling memories. I smell freshly cut grass, and I’m a kid again. It takes me right back to carefree summer days, back to my childhood.
A Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino.
Okay, maybe not a Frappuccino. I might have an addiction to Starbucks’ coffee. I’ll blame it on my car. It doesn’t seem to be able to pass a Starbucks without turning in at the drive-through. Seriously, though, is there anything better?
Driving my Corvette with the top down and country music playing.
Okay, okay. I combined two of my favorite things, didn’t I? Why not, though? Think of it as using my time wisely. There’s something magical about driving with the top dropped. Everything from sound to smells to the sunshine is magnified. I can smell that freshly mown grass so much better! If Blake Shelton or Chris Young or Luke Bryan is singing in the background, that makes it all that much better. And sometimes, the lyrics to one of those songs drives me back home with a new story idea!
Rainy days at the beach.
I love the water. I love to walk on the beach and feel the sand squishing between my toes, but I like it best when it’s rainy and the wind is whipping the waves into a frenzy. The stormier it is, the better I like it. The strange thing, though, is that I don’t actually like being in the water. If I was a character in one of my books, I’d delve into the reason behind that. What happened in my life to make me shy away from enjoying the water? Hmmm…
What about you? If you sat down to write a list of your favorite things, what would be on that list?
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I love books and have closets full of them as well as two well-supplied ereaders. Nothing makes me happier than losing myself in my characters’ worlds. Besides reading and writing, I enjoy traveling. I’ve visited all fifty states with the exception of Alaska and have traveled extensively throughout Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, and Central America—always on the lookout for new characters or a new story.