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What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Having a husband and two sons definitely helps when I write about characters from the opposite sex. Two of them (Sam and Leon) are the alpha male types, practical, abrupt and down-to-earth, and the other one (Marc) is rather more sensitive, arty and musical.  I know how they think, and sometimes even what they’re going to say next.  As for what they feel I can only guess, as the two alphas tend to be stoically silent on that front, but  Marc has a brain very similar to my own.  We’re like two peas in a pod.

Yes, sometimes my male characters say exactly what my husband or sons might have said.  I also dredge up memories of my father, also grandfathers, uncles, male cousins and male work colleagues to help me form my characters.  My male characters are a combination of all of them!

I was an only child who went to a all-girls’ secondary school with mainly female teachers.  It was rather a shock when I left school and had to meet men!  However, 45 years’ on from that I’ve lots of memories and experiences to call on when I get around to inventing a new male character.

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