I was assigned a new hairdresser yesterday. A pretty blonde lady. Shoulder length hair, blue eyes, probably late 40s. We got chatting – she had just moved back to the UK from sunny California. Then she asked me what I did.
I paused then said that I was a writer. Mostly Romance. [I am still getting used to that idea and it scares the M and S cotton stretch pants off me to say it out loud]
The lady then said that her own love story could come from a romance novel, and if someone wrote it then she would buy it.
Then she started telling me her life while clipping, snipping and shearing. [ I have thick hair].
What can I say?
Heartbreak, best friend betrayal, widowed with 3 young children, disease, meeting the love of her life, refusing his proposal, his vigilence, recovery, fantasy wedding. And he still treats her like a princess every day 15 years later.
And her psychologist had cried when she described her childhood.
Will you use my story in your book, she asked? And bring me in a signed copy?
I laughed and said maybe. Then we got chatting about her writing it down herself – she had been thinking of creating her autobiography.
Did I write it all down the minute I got home? Yes.
Will I use it to create a character? Maybe. Or maybe not.
This is someone who has come through a lot and I don’t know if I would feel comfortable using her pain and suffering in a storyline. Plus the amount of trauma would be hard in a short book.
I know I could use some elements -her husband sounds like a remarkable man.
How do other writers deal with this?
What’s playing on my YouTube? Robert Downey Jr. http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=W_u6l7EsQMc&feature=PlayList&p=4F1D642A6F9D7B46&index=5