Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Plain Jane

I recently asked readers what they'd like to see more of from me. I didn't expect some of the answers I got. There was one theme that came up several times and I was really surprised by this one.

Many of my readers would love to see the heroine who may not be described as beautiful, get the man of her dreams. That makes perfect sense, but we're so used to seeing the beautiful girl with the handsome man and that's what just happens as we write. At least that's how it is for me. It's second nature for me to write about pretty girls looking for a husband. There... I've said it.

And to be fair, if we're using a woman on the cover we want the cover to be lovely. Can we still have a fabulous cover and a wonderful story about a plain Jane who gets the handsome man? Of course!

Stories about regular girls getting the guy reminds us that it can happen. It DOES happen! Every day! There are men who look beyond looks to see what's in a woman's heart. And they fall in love with what they find. Love makes all women beautiful.

As it worked out, I started a story about a plain girl who decided to become a mail order bride back in January. I'd been working on it all along, but hadn't finished it. So, when I got this feedback, I decided to finish it sooner rather than later. Now it's ready to read!

Mistmatched is the love story of Janie and Jim. She's young, he's older. She's timid, he's bold. She's plain, he's handsome. She falls in love with him right away. He falls in love with her, too, but it takes him longer to realize it.

This story reminded me that love is usually a process. Staying in love depends on respect for that process and commitment to each other through it all. It was fun and inspiring to write a story where a simple girl could be persistent, steady, and positive even when the odds were stacked against her. Janie never gave up on Jim, even though she knew what he thought of her. She gave him time to see who she really was and believed he had the strength of character to come around. And of course he did just that.

Mismatched is now available on Amazon.


Annie Boone writes sweet western historical romance with a happy ending guaranteed in every single story. Inspiration comes in many forms and Annie finds more than one way to make her stories entertain and inspire.

To connect with Annie, find her on Facebook, Twitter, or her website.

Follow Annie on Amazon, Bookbub and get email updates.

1 comment:

  1. What a great way to find what your readers like and I like the idea of this story. Glad you finsished it. Doris