Truth be told, I didn’t add “me” to the Bobos Babes Adventures for the first six stories that I wrote (I have written 10 stories thus far.). I didn’t know IF I wanted to include myself in my stories. I was still creating the premise of the series in my head.
Sometimes, I write outlines to my stories prior to writing them and sometimes I just write and let my creative juices flow. I LOVE when I can just let my fingers speed on the keyboard trying to keep up with my brain – the excitement of putting the thoughts on papers and giving them life. Nothing is more exciting to an author than giving breath to their thoughts through words. However, I have three small children, who are now eLearning. I also have a wellness company for the past 14 years. My life doesn’t allow for the writer side of me to uninterruptedly work. Even as I write this blog, Daphne came in her crying that her school scissors aren’t working correctly, and my husband peeked in his head to let me know that he is about to hop on a work call.
Those first six stories that I wrote were not outlined; I just wrote what came to my mind the second I was able to sit down and write. It was the summer of 2020. We were in the midst of the pandemic. I was writing as an escape, and I just could not wrap my head around what to write about me in this magical world that I created. Writing about my father came easiest and my daughters. I miss him terribly, and my daughters are my world.
Creating my character wasn’t very clear to me until I decided to write a Bobos Babes’ Christmas story, Three Magical Christmas Trees. The Bobos Babes needed parents with whom to celebrate Christmas. The world of Harmony is magical. It exemplifies this “perfect” place where no one gets sick, no one dies, no one judges you by your looks, and my children have their mom and dad.
Right now, the King and Queen just make a few appearances in the stories. I actually added them to The Bobcat Birthday Party just before I sent the story to Copyright. I joked with my illustrator Brittany Roberson about making the Queen very attractive, which she did a fantastic job. I love the color pink, so the Queen is drenched in pink from her cloak to her dress to her jewels.
In short, I haven’t evolved the character too much. The King and Queen are in The Bobcat Birthday Party, Love is in the Air, Hearts in Harmony, and The Elegant Emu. Similar to the real Bobos Babes’ parents, my husband and myself, the King and Queen spend a lot of quality time together. They decorate over the top for Christmas and love the romance of Valentine’s Day. Stephen doesn’t write me poems like her does in Love is in the Air, but he does write me the most beautiful notes and cards. We don’t let our daughters run about the town on their own, but we definitely do not live in the land of Harmony.
For now, in terms of who the character is, the Queen is the Bobos Babes’ mother. She picks up their laundry off of the floor and corrects their bad manners. She’s mom, with a crown, and we can probably all agree, has the most difficult job in the world regardless of living in a magical world.
Cheers to all of the moms in this crazy world. Now, I am off to help Daphne with eLearning before she comes in my office again. God bless us all!