Jennifer is publicly shaming her characters...
I is for ignominy. I love that word. I love the way it sounds and the way it rolls off the tongue. I don’t love the meaning, though. It means “public shame or disgrace.” However, as an author, ignominy makes for great conflict.
Think about it: your hero or heroine suffers from public shame or disgrace, either in present day or in their past, and that shame or disgrace sets the ball rolling for a wonderful story, as well as makes it quite a challenge for the hero and heroine to get back together.
Although I’ve never named it as such, two of my characters suffer ignominiously. The first is John in Skin Deep, which is re-releasing on March 10. His parents have never accepted him and shamed him mercilessly as a child. That childhood framed the man he is today in the story and influenced how he behaves. Only when he learns to get past it, can he open himself up to love from Valerie, the heroine.
In The Seduction of Esther, Nathan is the one suffering from ignominy. During his marriage, his wife cheated on him publicly and as a result, he does not like anyone knowing about his love life or love interests. He does not want to be embarrassed again. Which would be fine, except that he falls for Samara, who turns into a complete klutz every time she becomes attracted to a man. There’s no hiding from that!
What kinds of conflicts to you like?