She said, "Mom, you are definitely not an introvert."
That bothered me because I have always thought of myself as one. I decided to pursue this: with another daughter. Same response. This daughter told me, "No way. You're not an introvert. You're so friendly and talk to everyone."
Both daughters had to be wrong. Hey, I am a shy person. Also I think an introvert fits being a writer more than an extrovert does. Introverts are more mysterious because you don't know what they are really thinking. So when my sister-in-law stopped in to visit after these conversations, I told her how I disagreed with my daughters telling me that I'm an extrovert.
Guess what? She laughed at me. In an amused voice, she said, "You're an extrovert."
Okay, that's true what all three said about me. I am pretty outgoing and I'm energized when I'm around others. While growing up, I was more of an introvert. I came out of my shell when I carhopped at a root beer stand during high school. But I am still quiet when I feel uncomfortable in certain situations. I might be reflective when I'm out of my element and exhibit an introvert's personality traits. My small talk with new people is definitely a bonus to my writing because people seem to open up and reveal a great deal to me. Of course, I don't use what they say for my characters, but it gives me ideas to incorporate in my stories.
This extrovert and introvert topic got me to thinking about my characters. Are they extroverts or introverts? In my book, Marrying Mallory, there's no doubt that Mallory Harrington is an extrovert. She has no problem meeting new people. Mallory surprises Dr. Seth Whitman with her honesty when they first meet. Catherine Steel is an investigative reporter in my chick-lit mystery, A Fiery Secret. She does her best thinking while speaking to murder suspects, which is a characteristic of an extrovert. Whitney Benson in my contemporary romance, Whitney in Charge, is an extrovert but she has some introverted feelings when it comes to men.
My favorite part of writing is creating the dialogue for my books. I just can't escape my desire to speak to others whether it's in a real life or for my characters.
Are you an introvert or extrovert? Do you prefer to read romances where the heroine is an extrovert or an introvert?
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