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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Women's Work or Finding a Job for My Latest Heroine

Last month I talked about authors choosing a location for their books. This month's topic is along the same lines, except this time I want to talk a little bit about choosing a profession or line of work for our characters. My next book is set in Dallas (Present day) and Galveston (1900). Yes, I’m finally going to write that Time-Travel that’s been rolling about in my head for many years.

The job selections for the heroine, which I’m talking about here, can be varied or somewhat limited depending on the era in which the story takes place. A woman living in the early twentieth century or before could be a housewife, a seamstress, washer-woman, or possibly a stenographer. Nowadays, there are a plethora (love this word and wanted to use it) of choices. A woman today, as we know, can pretty much choose any career path she wishes to follow.

Most of the time, whether the characters go back in time or come forward, we portray them as a fish out of water. Since I’d used that premise with my last book, Laurel: Bride of Arkansas, where a mail order bride from Philadelphia society married a widower living on an Arkansas farm, I didn’t want to use it again this soon.

Inspiration for Faith Daniels

My heroine, Faith Daniels, needs to have a career she loves in the twenty-first century that she can draw on when she travels back in time.
Inspiration for Faith - 1900

Lately I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the home remodeling and do-it-yourself shows on certain channels. One in particular holds me captive each week, where the star of the show rehabs old homes to their former/original glory. Sooooooo, one day the “lightbulb” came on over my head and stirred the what-ifs. Aha! By jiminy, that’s it. 
Faith is a modern-day house rehabber living in Dallas. Her friend, Alice, travels with her to Galveston to see and work on the turn-of-the-century house she’s bought in a blind auction.

Inspiration for house Faith buys in auction.

Now, if you know me, you know that isn’t all Faith is going to go through. It seems to me there was a little storm passed through Galveston in 1900. She’s going to meet a special, tortured gentleman, Joe Benning, and I wonder if they’ll get together. Will she stay in the twentieth century or will she come back home to Dallas? The working title for this time-travel is, The Texan’s Redeeming Faith.
I’ll keep you posted on all the goings on just in case you’re interested. Do you like time-travel stories? Let me know.



  1. Great introduction to your WIP time travel! Love the theme of how you talk about the changes women have gone over time and their job opportunities. Makes the book sound so fascinating that we can't wait until you write it!!!

  2. I can't wait to read about how that "little storm" in Galveston affects your heroine. Sounds like a fun story. Your choice of profession for your heroine is a good one.

  3. I look forward to reading the next Benning family novel, Carra. I loved the first three of the Benning and McTiernan families. Write fast!

  4. I'm not a huge fan of time-travel stories, but I'll definitely read this one, Carra -- because #1) it's yours and #2) it takes place in a location near and dear to my heart. (That would be Galveston, BTW. I lived in the DFW Metroplex for ten years and couldn't wait to escape. :-D )

    Best wishes on your WIP!

  5. I enjoy time travel stories when they stay back in time. I guess that's because it's what I would do. Modern day times lack community and a feeling of belonging and supporting each other. I also want to read more on that Galveston storm. Such a scary event, so traumatic!

  6. Yes, I like time travel, and then one sounds great. Write fast!


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