During the Holidays I read a lot of Dean Koontz. After reading several of his novels, one right after the other, I started wondering…what is it with this guy and all the dogs, anyway? For those of you who do not read him, most of his books sing the praises of dogs. Golden retrievers in particular, but dogs in general. In fact, I think he managed to incorporate a dog in every book that I read. Some were heroes, none were villains, and all were wonderful examples of the canine species. I am also a dog lover, so I find this trait of Koontz’s endearing. I feel like I know him a little better now, on a personal level. His love of all things canine shines through his writing, and by reading his books, I get a sense of the man, himself.
Yeah, I know that makes me sound sort of stalker-ish, (no need to worry, Mr. Koontz, I am WAY too old and tired to be a stalker) but this minor revelatrion of mine got me to thinking. As a writer, how much of my work is really ‘me’ shining through, and how much is characterization? What is consistant in all my work? What is my trademark? Fiesty heroines? Redeemed bad-boys? Sappy sunsets and sloppy kisses?
I guess my hallmark is that my heroes are always ‘good guys’. My guys are always likable, right from the start. They are not edgy, hard or dangerous. They are the hunky guy-next-door, with the broad shoulders and ‘aw shucks grin.
So, I’m throwing it out there…what is your trademark? What is one thing that is going to show through every book that you write, no matter what? Do you do last-minute, edge of your seat endings? Or are you known for the incredible depth and quirkiness of your secondary characters? Or are all of your heroines stuggling with weight issues? Or…do you deliberately try NOT to have a trademark ‘voice’?
Just wondering. Now, back to stalking (er…reading, I mean) Mr. Koontz….LOL!