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Story behind the story – The Star Necklace

by Red Sage Publishing

The germ of The Star Necklace story is a factual account I read about women long ago on the planet Earth who were compelled, on the eve of their marriage, to sit by the side of the road and give their virginity to the first man who came upon them. (Can you imagine? A whole new take on the bachelorette party.)  This happened somewhere in the region of Greece, and far precedes the practice of “droit du seigneur” with which you may be more familiar. It was a pre-Christian custom. I can’t remember now if the man in question had to make “a donation” to the local temple, or if I made that up. Do we have any history buffs in the audience? Anyway, that tale always stuck with me and I used that factoid as the jumping off point for this story.

Fun Survey: Who is your favorite type of hero?
My goal is to create characters who resonate with the readers long after the last page is read. Since I love my heroes, I thought I’d share with you the results of a survey I did on my website.

The question was: Who is your favorite type of hero?

–    Guy next door – hunky but sweet  28%
–    Nerd with class – a brain is sexy      0%
–    Business suit – give me power and wealth 0%
–    Authority in a uniform – can handle me and the situation    28%
–    Barefoot in jeans – laidback and open to new adventures      43%
–    Man of Magic – supernatural powers are fascinating              28%

2 comments

Ana Johnson September 5, 2010 at 7:34 pm

I am intrigued by the historical information. I am confused by the survey results. They seem to add up to more than 100%. I am guessing people were given the option of voting for more than one favorite. So many archetypes, so hard to choose. . .

Carly Carson October 2, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Ana, you’re right. And I have new survey results since I last posted. Finally got some folks who liked the nerd and the businessman. lol
next door – hunky but sweet 22.2%
Nerd with class – a brain is sexy 5.6%
Business suit – give me power and wealth 16.7%
Authority in a uniform – can handle me and the situation 22.2%
Barefoot in jeans – laidback and open to new adventures 38.9%
Man of Magic – supernatural powers are fascinating 38.9%

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