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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tuesday Teaser - Does Age Matter?

Does Age Matter?

I noticed something as I was reading a romantic suspense novel. The main character—the heroine—was fifteen years old. And I just couldn’t get into the story. This was not a YA novel; it was definitely meant for an adult audience. But the main character was not only young; she was completely immature. Her reactions were that of a girl, not a woman, and I couldn’t put myself in her shoes.

I think it’s important that the reader can identify with someone in the book—either the male or female lead. They have to be able to place themselves in their shoes, to feel what they’re feeling.

In The Tempest Murders, Rian Kelly begins the story in Ireland at the age of 29. Flash forward to Ryan O’Clery nearly two hundred years later, and he also is 29 years old.

Twenty-nine is the perfect age. It is young enough for both the male and female to be fit, sportive and energetic. Yet they are old enough to have been around the block, to think clearly and with maturity, and to know the consequences of their actions.

In the Black Swamp Mysteries series, the main characters—Dylan Maguire, Vicki Boyd, Brenda Carnegie and Christopher Sandige—are all in their twenties. They have their entire lives ahead of them, yet they are still young enough to be in peak performance.

What age do you prefer the main characters in the books you read?



Bonnie Watson said...

I'm actually reading something similar, although this one is not published yet. A friend approached and asked me to think about a book cover for his sci-fi idea. So when I started reading, I was completely thrown off by this 14-year-old who at the time I believed was 5 instead. It's sad to say, but the only interesting part from what I've read so far is a side story that an old man tells, LOL.

p.m.terrell said...

Thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment, Bonnie! Wow, that is very interesting about the book you're reading. Is your friend expecting some feedback?

maggiethom said...

I know for the characters I write I like to write about those in their late 20's early 30's. I don't mind reading about young characters as long as the story fits them. Having said that I am not a fan of teenagers in romance stories and definitely not romantic suspense. If it is a YA and written as young love not mature adult situations then I think it's okay. Not my type of story though.

p.m.terrell said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Maggie! I really like the characters in your books. They are very three-dimensional and so multi-layered. I like their ages, also - young enough to be fit and athletic, and old enough to have great heads on their shoulders!