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Six Times My Characters Liked Something That I Don’t

I get asked all the time about how close to ME my characters are. Most of the time, they are a pretty solid reflection of me, except for people like Jim Sturgil and Leonard Stahl, of course. I don’t have much in common with those two at all! I started to think about a few times that my characters were out of synch with me, and I made this list:

  1. EveryoneLovesHero-300Cole Langston buys Mentos at the beginning of Everyone Loves a Hero. Now I have nothing at all against Mentos, but when there are Snickers and Kit-Kat and Twix in this world, no way I’m getting Mentos. Cole got a punch to the face for his troubles, so maybe he should’ve gone with the Snickers???
  2. In the Fatal Series, Nick loves hockey. I’m a hockey mom who hates to be cold, thus hockey doesn’t look that good on me. I love to watch my son and his friends play, and I root for the home team, but I run from the rink the second the game is over and dive into the heat of my car with my heated seats on FULL. Did I mention I ADORE my son and his friends and I’m happy to attend his games? Just making sure I said that….
  3. Kate Harrington in Marking Time is pursing a career in country music. I like SOME country music. Underline the word SOME. I tend to prefer Kate’s brand of crossover country to the twangy country like Reba’s. I don’t love that sound, but I did love my visit to the Grand Ole Opry last summer. That was awesome. 
  4. In the Green Mountain short story Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds (at the end of I Saw Her Standing There), Will and Colton take Cameron and Lucy camping. I don’t do camping. Like ever. I saw a funny meme on Facebook yesterday: My friends asked me to go camping, so I’m making a list of what I need. 1. New friends. That’s me all the way! If the “camp” doesn’t come with wifi and room service, I’m not going! 
  5. Speaking of the Green Mountain Series, Lincoln Abbott loves the Beatles. I, um, do not love the Beatles. I don’t HATE the Beatles, because how can you hate their music? It’s catchy and cute and all sorts of other things that people (other than me) love. I just never saw what all the fuss was about. My kids and my assistant Julie, all of them big Beatles fans, called me out on my hypocrisy when I decided to use Beatles songs as titles for the Green Mountain Series. I may not love their music, but their titles worked perfectly for me—and they seem to have worked out well for them, too. Just so you don’t think I’m a total fraud, Let it Be is one of my top favorite songs of all times, so there is some love tossed in with all my Beatles ambivalence. In fact, if and when I write Linc and Molly’s story, I think I might call it Let It Be. So there. 
  6. The Abbott kids love to ski. Marie does not. In fact, her attempts at skiing are the stuff of legend in her family, such as the time the instructor had to tie himself to her to get her off the intermediate mountain, which was massive. There was nothing “intermediate” about it. She might’ve also once wiped out a whole group of kids on a tow rope, but don’t tell her I told you about that. There’s no proof that actually happened, despite what Mr. Force might say. He lies. (See #2, regarding Marie’s feelings about being cold.)
Now for some of the things my characters and I have in common:
In the Fatal Series, Sam and I both love Bon Jovi, although she takes it to whole OTHER level with her all Bon Jovi all the time life. I like Bon Jovi. She LOVES Bon Jovi.
I love the sugar donuts from the real life McCarthy marina (Payne’s Dock in Block Island) as much as Big Mac does. But I never eat three in one day. Well, I don’t do that anymore….
I love live music like the kind that Evan and Owen provide on Gansett. 
I love bonfires, but you’ve probably figured that out because they show up often in my books.
I love the beach, the water, boating and being in the sun, which is also not a newsflash to anyone who’s read Gansett.
Love it or hate it—now it’s your turn to ask if certain things my characters like or do are on my love or hate list. Or maybe you can guess whether I love it or hate it? You tell me!

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  • October 22, 2015
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  • Kathleen Bylsma

    Ha! I’m so holding hands with you on so much…never a fan of the Beatles other than Ringo and one John Lennon song “Photograph”. Over roughing it camping…now camping better include room service and massages! Love sledding, not skiing! Hockey I like to read about but that’s it!

  • Bev Fasig

    Chuckled throughout reading this! You’re my kind of gal for sure!

  • Terri Schneider-Novotny

    I don’t like cold either, but still live in Illinois. If my kids would move somewhere warmer, this Momma would be gone!!!!! Like Bon Jovi and have to admit I’ve been listening to them a lot more since I’ve read the Fatal Series. Love live music. They had lots of places in the Keys which I went to two years ago. With you on the bonfires and I absolutely love the water!!! Put in a request that my “mansion” in heaven be on the water. I guess I’ll have to wait and see!!!!!!

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  • Robyn Eaton Shaffer

    You and I would make great friends. We have a lot in common 🙂 . Have to admit that I prefer cold weather to hot weather (there is only so much a person can take off) and am not a fan of hockey, at all. Give me baseball and I am a happy, happy woman. Love to listen to Bon Jovi and most of all, love to look at Bon Jovi 🙂 . I do love bonfires and I can be happy camping in a decked out camper but tents are for the birds!!!

  • Sharon Wild Kingsbury

    Do you like baseball? If so, do you have a favourite team?

  • Lynn Papso

    I always love getting to know you better. Thank you so much for sharing so much of yourself with us. Makes enjoying your books so much sweeter.

  • Debbie Smith

    I thought I was the only one who felt that way about the Beatles. The one and only time I went skiing I fell off the tow rope going up the bunny hill. Why anyone would go camping is beyond me.

  • Laurie Lenzini

    My husband and I ride a motorcycle. I plan to get my license. My dream trip is to make it from Chicago to the East Coast to your Reader’s Weekend. I like warm weather riding as opposed to cold weather but enjoy both as long as it’s not freezing. I enjoy camping when it’s not too hot or too cold but what I like about it is the bon fires. lol. It’s funny that when I read your books I don’t really think “Oh that’s so different than what I would do or think.” I let it sink in that there’s another way than how I might have handled something or react to something. Reading in general has opened my mind….although I am still pretty opinionated. I just understand where people might come from better. lol

  • Kim Hughes

    Nick and Scotty love baseball do you enjoy baseball? I love Jon Bon Jovi as well. Thanks for letting us know you better.

  • Anna Anderson

    Thanks for all the info. It’s fun getting to know you and learn the similarities to your characters. Do you like baseball like Scotty and Nick? I completely agree with your camping attitude. I’ve always said my idea of camping is the nearest Marriott.

  • Joyce Noll

    Not like the Beatles!!!!!!? MAH-RIE!!! How can that be! (Shakes her head laughing out loud) Love you Marie! Thank you for sharing! Love you bunches! <3

  • Mary Smith

    I like how you put the real you out there for us to know. I also am pretty much in line with your dislikes – especially cold. Loved my boys soccer games but immediately after found all the warmth possible. Thanks Marie for being so open with your readers.

  • Therese Smith

    Marie, it is a testament to how much I love you and everything you have ever written, that I can give you a ‘by’ on the Beatles thing……I’ll credit it to your youth…as an 11 year old girl I fell hard for Paul McCartney. Hearing their songs make me feel like an 11 year old girl in love. So, yeah, I’m gonna cut you some slack while shaking my head in disbelief! 🙂

  • Sue Piper Daniels

    Thanks so much for sharing your list! So nice to get to know you a little better! 🙂 Enjoying your books are my favorite hobby! Thank you!!! : )


Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the indie-published Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series. In 2019, her new historical Gilded series from Kensington Books will debut with Duchess By Deception.

All together, her books have sold 6.5 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list many times. She is also a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Speigel bestseller in Germany, a frequent speaker and publishing workshop presenter as well as a publisher through her Jack’s House Publishing romance imprint. She is a two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award for romance fiction.

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

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