Today, popsiculture has a guest blogger, Bernadette Marie. She is a published author and mother of five. Sons. That alone makes her my hero. Please enjoy her post on popular fiction!
Popular fiction. The term itself changes every few years. If you’ve been paying attention for the past four years then you’ve become very familiar with vampires, werewolves, and shape shifters. Perhaps a few years before that you learned what a muggle was and that, more than likely, you were one. But, no matter what the current trend might be, one thing stands the test of time; people love a good story.
There doesn’t have to be a hero and a heroine who fall in love. No one has to get shot or zapped with a wand. However, there has to be a reason we want to read the book, and usually it’s because we, as the reader, need an escape from our own lives.
I find that I like the happy ending stories, just like the contemporary romance novels I write. There’s a meeting, a romance, a moment in which it all seems like it will fall apart, but then there at the end is the happily ever after. Some people like to solve the mystery of who-dun-it. Others enjoy the thought of different worlds, different species, different times. Within the pages of a book we are transported away from the housework, the kids, the job, and the day to day life in which vampires don’t exist.
One thing does keep us coming back for more, when it comes to books. Someone always grows. I don’t mean in literal terms, but as in spiritual, emotional terms. There will always be a character that has that moment in which their world, which was most likely turned upside down, is righted. Where they win the battle, discover the new civilization, or fall in love—again. As the reader we want that satisfaction. We want that feel good moment. Does every book end with a happy ending? No. But along the way we’ve had our own journey and sometimes we will take those raw feelings we’ve found we have and apply them to our own lives.
I love when my children read a book and it moves them. Just recently I introduced my son to the book The Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton. This book, written in 1942, could be taken as a story about a house and the environment that changes around it. Or, it can be seen as something more adventurous. An observation to what we see around us and a dream to know what is beyond our own yard. What happens when we learn what’s out there, will it make us happy? Not always. Sometimes we’re happier right where we were. The lesson I taught my son’s first grade class with that book was sometimes we have bad days that we never think are going to get better, but they do.
Though I always write the happily ever after, my characters are strong women which other women can associate with. Regan, in the “Executive’s Decision”, is healing from a devastating relationship with her boss only to fall in love with her new boss. She has to let go, move on, trust another man with her life and her heart. Holly, in “Cart Before the Horse”, stepped out of her comfort range and it changed her life. At first she assumes it’s for the worst, but she learns to be accepting of change and what others have to offer. But my most favorite character I’ve written is Madeline, from the upcoming book “A Second Chance.” The title says so much about her life and the relationship with the man she loves. Madeline is faced with her mortality as a mother of three and a two time divorcee when she is diagnosed with cancer. Developing this family who rallies around each other was uplifting and I hope women, and men, take from it and embrace what is important.
Sure, fiction is made up. Its fun to read and to escape with, but we all have something to learn, if not about the world we live in at least about ourselves and who we are or want to be.
About Bernadette Marie
Bernadette Marie has been an avid writer since the early age of 13, when she’d fill notebook after notebook with stories that she’d share with her friends. Her journey into novel writing started the summer before eighth grade when her father gave her an old typewriter. At all hours of the day and night you would find her on the back porch penning her first work, which she would continue to write and change for the next 22 years.
In 2007—after marriage, filling her chronic entrepreneurial needs, and having five sons—Bernadette began to write seriously with the goal of being published. That year she wrote 12 book. In 2009 she was contracted for her first trilogy and the published author was born. In 2011 she (being the entrepreneur that she is) opened her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing. In early 2012 Bernadette’s hard work began to pay off when her books began to appear on numerous bestseller lists worldwide.
Bernadette spends most of her free time driving her kids to their many events. She is also an accomplished martial artist, working her way to her second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do. An avid reader, she enjoys most, the works of Nora Roberts and Karen White. She loves to meet readers who enjoy reading contemporary romances and she always promises Happily Ever After.