Families fascinate me. My mom was an only child. As the ‘one and only’ she had opportunities for travel, education and sports. She could have become very spoiled but she did not become entitled.
My dad had three brothers and three sisters. The children spent a lot of time sharing beds, arguing over chores and rushing to the dinner table to ensure they could fill up before the meal disappeared.
Two different childhoods. Two different experiences.
My parents had three children. I am the eldest and I have a brother and sister.
When I was growing up on various Air Force bases across Canada, many of the families that we knew had four or five children. That seemed to be the norm. Now, for the most part the only place you see large families is on reality shows.
As a writer, if I create a large family for a novel then I have endless possibilities. There’s always the high achiever, the kids that struggle, the loner etc. But above all of that, there is an opportunity for me to dig deeper. An opportunity to leap-frog over the stereotypes and create people that are intriguing and offer the reader something different.
I live for those moments when I’ve created a unique character who has a passion for something unexpected. I want to invent the hero or heroine who hears the different beat of a drum.
That’s why I’m having fun with ‘The Coopers’ my latest series. The Cooper clan consists of four brothers and three sisters. Lots of plot lines, lots of challenges and heartache.
What about you? Are you the only? Are you part of the crowd, as in many brothers or sisters? How has that shaped you and your life?
Would love to hear from you.