Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Electric Fences of Life

Sandra Wilkins

          Since my last entry on Classic and Cozy, I have typed the final word on the second book in my new series.  Excuse me while I clap my hands with glee and squeal like a little girl on Christmas morning!  I’m sure my fellow authors know the exhilaration of such a feat.  I was able to pull it off again.  I’m not a charlatan after all.  Yippee!
          But, the high is short-lived when I sit down to work on the next story in the series.  I’m a few chapters in and still getting a feel for the new characters—especially the male protagonist.  In my mind, I know what he looks like, yet, I need to know more.  What’s he like?  Does he have a temper or is he mild-mannered?  Funny or serious?
          As I’ve been pondering these details, I came across this quote from humorist and fellow Okie, Will Rogers:  “There are three kinds of men.  The ones that learn by reading.  The few who learn by observation.  The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”  I’ll even be so bold to add there is another type of man.  One who doesn’t even care to acquire more knowledge than he already thinks he possesses. 
          Now, I imagine Mr. Darcy from “Pride and Prejudice” gleaned all his wisdom from thick tomes.  Josh Flynn, the quick-witted carpenter in my last published book, “Gwen’s Honor”, would certainly have studied others around him.  I realize some people learn by doing, but, you know, I sure would hope a person would be smart enough not to get hurt in the process.  And, for those who don’t care to learn…Well, that’s more like villain material to me. 
          So, I’m curious as I stare at the blank pages before me.  What kind of male characters do you like to read about?

             Sandra Wilkins is busy writing another series while home educating her two daughters.  Ada’s Heart, Rose’s Hope and Gwen’s Honor are her first three published wholesome historical romances.  Go to www.sandrawilkins.com to find out more about her and her books. 


  1. Interesting question, Sandra. As for the kind of person I like to read about, I'd have to say doing (and making mistakes). The kind of person I gravitate to in real life is more the bookish type. Not a surprise, I guess, since I'm a writer - and who doesn't love Mr. Darcy.

  2. Great question. I like to read, and write heroes that are real, have flaws, are not always perfect, wonderful and so romantic that the heroine swoons. I like real men, like the ones that exist around me.

  3. If there's one thing I can't stand it's a man who lacks courage and fortitude. If a man has those qualities I can abide any flaws.

  4. I like real men, too, but I'm not necessarily into the hunky type. I prefer sensitive and caring.

  5. Hi Sandra--
    I love Will Roger's quote! I am mixed on which I prefer to read. On one hand I love to read the Mr. Darcy type, but on the other, it's interesting to read the "pee on the electric fence" type.