Lovers, Alike

One of my main goals with the "Wilfair" books was to create a pair of potential paramours who weren't really all that different in temperament and yet might still be fun, or at least not boring, to spend time with.

Yep, having similarities and similar interests can help create an awesome, lasting relationship in real life. But in fiction? Yawn, right?

So my personal challenge is to find the bigger drama outside the paramours' little sphere and the smaller dramas within it. And to find out how two alike people really do have a thousand infinitesimal differences and how those differences keep things lively but don't prevent the characters from working together.

Fair Finley and Gomery Overbove are not too dissimilar, in my mind (you may disagree and if so, please weigh in). They have good work ethics and want to do well. They're pretty nice to people, although Fair can be blurty if she is upset and Gomery is more slyly sarcastic. And they're curious about the world and the weirdnesses they encounter, though Gomery more so (though he is probably further along in his acceptance of the weirdnesses of this world than his snooded neighbor).

The differences and dramas, then, must arise from elsewhere. A motel pool that a larger, wealthier hotel wants fuels one major drama. But there are smaller ones ready to swirl.

Monty Overbove, Gomery's cousin, jokes about the similarities between Fair and Gomery in the upcoming "Stay Awhile." Maybe not in the kindest way but trust that it will be full of Monty-style affection. I think he, Fair, and Gomery are in a very cramped space when he says it, too. I don't know why I just typed that except for the fact that I can't wait for you to read it. I really can't.


Carly said...

Way to tease us! I can't wait to read it, either!

I like that Fair and Gomery aren't really opposites, the way so many fictional couples are. In those situations I would find myself wondering "Okay, I know they're IN LOVE!! Swoon swoon, sparkle sparkle. But what do they even talk about?"

Ah, that Monty. It's a tough job to be hot and funny, but somebody's got to do it.

Wilfair Book said...

Carly, I know it is going to be a fantastic day when the first thing I read is a funny comment from you.

I imagine, if Fair and Gomery spent a lot alone time together, talking, they'd ask each other a lot of questions about the topic at hand. Two questions-askers.

Monty is not a big question-asker. He drives conversations where he thinks they should go.

Carly, happy Tuesday!

Erika said...

Is there a date for Stay Awhile? I am eager to get my read on :)

Wilfair Book said...

Erika: Still on track for fall. Halloween to Thanksgiving, I hope? In that stretch somewhere? I will keep you updated. Thank you for asking!

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