Thinking of what to make my first blog here on Lust Bites, naturally my thoughts turned to the Carmen Electra's Aerobic Striptease video I found on Amazon.com when holiday shopping.
So I am curious, what jobs did my fellow authors have before becoming published, or maybe still do have? Do you ever give your characters your old jobs? Or ones you’d love to have?
Though I was never a stripper, I have had some interesting jobs. I’ve worked at a tattoo shop for many years, coordinated large banquets, done permanent hair removal, worked as a CNA in a nursing home, freelance photography, baker, waitress, even helped briefly on a farm doing irrigation. The “dirtiest” job I ever had was telemarketing as a teenager. I quit after less than a week. Now, aside from writing, I own a successful business.
I think I tend to work vicariously through my characters as well, giving them jobs I’m curious about or jobs I’ve had. Really, what could be better than experiencing the job without the years upon years of schooling to get there? In my next Virgin release, Bit by the Bug the main character Kat Matthews works as a photographer. Photography has been a long time love of mine and I still take the occasional freelance job. Some of her dreams, like landing a gallery show are still my own. Then, the hero, Dr Vincent Richmond, is an entomologist. Working with bugs is something I could probably never do in real life, but they do fascinate me. As does his strange “hobby” of milking poisonous spiders. Not to mention I loved answering the question of: What would a bug scientist talk about on the first date anyway? LOL
Michelle M Pillow