My first job was a typist, my second a shorthand typist, my third a secretary, and my fourth and most enjoyable a writer.
But even as a writer I’m still interested in jobs. For the simple reason that each of my main characters work and although I don’t need every single detail of what they do, I need to know enough to make it look as though I do. I tend to cheat and make a lot of my heroines secretaries and my heroes businessmen, but it isn’t always the case.
Here are a few of the jobs my heroes and heroines have had:
And naturally each of these jobs have to be researched – some more than others. What do I know about sailing? Nothing.
What do I know about breeding horses? Nothing.
Nowadays most things can be researched on the internet, but before this marvellous creation I either used library books or managed to get an interview with someone in the ‘trade’.
For instance when I decided my hero would be a stud farmer I searched until I found one not too many miles away from where I lived and approached him about an interview – which he willingly gave – though he did look uncomfortable when he told me his mares were sent away for covering. In my ignorance, me being a townie, I asked him what he meant by covering. Well, he didn’t actually blush but he didn’t look me in the eye either before mumbling, “Er – mating.”
It’s funny what things stick in your mind, isn’t it?
It makes me wonder whether it was far more fun doing research this way.