The Favorite Thing I’ve Written and Why – #MFRWauthor

A New Year and a new blog challenge.  I’m excited to make 2018 a wonderful and productive year.  And for Week 1 of 2018, we are talking about my favorite thing I’ve ever written and why.

This is a very tough question for me.  Yes, I do have books and short stories that I’ve written and I love more than others.  But for the most part, if I don’t love my characters, I won’t write about them.  This includes secondary characters but really excludes antagonists.  Yes, a good antagonist is a wonderful thing, but you don’t have to like them to write them.
And there are parts of every book I’ve written that I love more than others, but when I read them again, I find reasons why I loved my characters in the first place.
In Kai (A Dark Assassins Novel Book One):  I loved Liv from the moment I imagined her.  She’s strong, independent, and brilliant but she is lacking when it comes to human interaction, and it turns out, immortal interaction as well.  But that doesn’t stop her from throwing away her career to save them.  But it was the acceptance of Liv by Kai’s immortal family that I enjoy reading about.
In Unexpected (A Unexpected Novel):  Caleb and Ronan’s story is my first foray into gay romance.  I loved the connection between the two men and how they were willing to take a chance with a gay relationship, although both have only dated women before.  Both men make me smile and when I read the book again, I love how open they are with one another, especially the openness that comes about after Ronan is hurt.
In You for Christmas (A M/M Short Story):  Jonah and Parker have been inseparable since their freshman year.  Parker is openly gay but knows Jonah is the only one for him.  And Jonah, while unemotional and closed off to most people, finds a connection with Parker he’d never had before.  And over the years, their feelings for one another have grown and when Jonah joins Parker and his family for Christmas break, everything changes between them.
As you can see, I love all of my books because of the characters I’ve developed.
When I first started to write, writing prompts were my favorite thing.  With one line or an idea for a short story, I could develop my characters and write a scene.  It amazed me each time I read the story over that I loved the characters.  They weren’t fleshed out like I do with my published stories, but they had personality and they became real to me.  Although not all the stories have the resonance of others, I can’t pick just one as my favorite.
Each story, whether I’ve discarded it because I can’t fully develop the story or they are in my ideas notebook waiting to be written, the story starts with characters that I fall in love with.  And choosing a story or the favorite thing I’ve written is impossible.
I don’t know if other authors feel this way, but for me, all my stories are my favorites.
Thanks for stopping by!




  1. Helen Henderson - January 5, 2018 @ 9:38 am

    loving a character is a good reason to love a book. good post.

  2. Ed Hoornaert - January 5, 2018 @ 8:03 pm

    I think romance writers do have to love their characters. Mystery writers might not have to, though.

  3. Kenzie Michaels - January 5, 2018 @ 9:58 pm

    You hit the nail on the head….it all begins with characters:)

    • Valerie Ullmer - January 6, 2018 @ 6:25 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Kenzie!

  4. Raine Balkera - January 6, 2018 @ 11:38 am

    I tend to love one main character over the other, but it is very true that loving ‘a’ character (main or otherwise) is partial to loving the story itself. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Alicia - January 6, 2018 @ 4:54 pm

    I love my characters from the first moment I meet them and love them more by the time the story ends. I think it’s a love at first sight kind of thing.

    • Valerie Ullmer - January 7, 2018 @ 8:02 am

      I agree. I still love them months or years after I wrote about them. Thanks for stopping by, Alicia!

  6. Meka James - January 7, 2018 @ 9:35 am

    Characters are the key for me as well. I have to like them, even my antagonist. They all have to bring something to the table and fit into the story. Without a connection to all the players in the book, I would have a hard time writing them.

    Happy New Year.

    • Valerie Ullmer - January 8, 2018 @ 6:49 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Meka!

  7. Cathy Brockman - January 7, 2018 @ 3:21 pm

    These all sound great!!

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