Are you over 35?
Yes, I am nosey. I also want to know if, like me, you are looking for books with heroines over 35. Women who have experienced life. If you are, you aren’t alone. There are at least two of us.*grin*
CBS Sunday Morning did a segment on Nora Roberts CBS Sunday Morning
Charles Osgood gave a prologue quoting some statistics. The average age of readers is 44. The majority of book buyers are over 50 and 58% percent of those buyers are women. The vast majority of what those women buy is romance. So, those gals who say “I don’t read those kinds of books” may be stretching the truth. Anyway, during the interview Nora, 61, says she moved away from writing younger heroines. Nothing wrong with them. Writing about young helpless women wasn’t what she wanted. I agree with her decision. As the median age of our society shifts, I think those in that median age want to read about women like them. Women who have experienced life and have skills. Maybe even have a few lumps and bumps.
Recently Fortune listed the 50 most powerful women in business and only 7 were under the age of 50. Take a look here 50Most Powerful Women Should you take the time to check it out you’ll find these gals have what I call the double B whammy. They are brilliant and beautiful.
Many of my friends write great YA. Not me, can’t do it. I write about extraordinary women and the men they love. For me that means women with a high level of competency. I don’t think a gal in her early twenties can fill the bill. My new book, Under Fire: The Admiral, has a heroine over 35. Way over 35. Shopping this story I had some crazy ‘feedback’ like - “She’s old, wouldn’t she be tired all the time?” Nope. She has her Geritol and Boost and I’ll make sure I have her take a nap. Grrr! And don’t worry I won’t let the hero use the glass she keeps her teeth in.
I believe we are on the cusp of a change in what is considered old. One of the main reasons for the change is, the media is aging. Yes, I am being snarky here and jaded. But the media controls what we see. How can they call some of our notables and celebrities old when they are the same age? Hmmm….
Are you over 35? Can you see your life ending because you’ve reached a certain age? Do you think you will slip into a kind of narcolepsy of life when you reach a certain age? What about your writing? Will your characters age as you do?