Have you ever read a story and thought, “Man, that is so me”?
The answer–um, you may be more right than you realize, especially if you happen to have a writer for a friend. Or be in the near vicinity to a writer.
Because we get our inspiration from almost anywhere and everywhere. And I have to tell you…you have probably been someone’s muse once or twice. Maybe even my guest, Teresa’s, inspiration. Maybe even mine. (I’ll never tell!)
I’m so excited to have my sweet friend Teresa Tysinger as my guest today. I met her for the first time this past April, and loved her immediately.
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I’ve Got My Eyes On You: Confessions of a Serial Character Stalker
by Teresa Tysinger
To you, I’d probably look like a regular 30-something woman enjoying a cup of coffee and reading a book in the corner booth. Or just another mom waiting for her daughter to finish a gymnastics class. Maybe a woman out on a dinner date with her tall, handsome husband.
What you likely don’t see is my eyes wondering over the top of my book to the eccentric white-haired woman wearing a fur coat and hat in June, ordering a pot of tea with her tea cup poodle poking its head out of her purse. Or fixating on two gymnastics instructors engaged in what looks to be an inopportune lovers’ quarrel under hushed tones near the locker room. Or apologizing to my husband for breaking out my phone on date night to jot down notes about the unique aqua color of our beautiful waitress’s eyes against caramel-toned skin.
I’m Teresa, author of inspirational romance novels and a serial Character Stalker.
Whew! That feels good to get off my chest!
Yes, it’s true. I am plagued with the involuntary habit of observing people, places, and things around me. I can’t help but be observant to the point of being nosy, staring a bit too long, taking in all the strange and crazy and unique around me. And I hate to tell you, but with millions of authors walking around this world undetected, chances are you too have been fodder for building a character at one time or another.
My therapist, who specializes in author-related psychoses, suggested I confess recent incidents of my character stalking to help educate others about this important topic that often gets swept under the rug at conferences, book launch parties, and in the homes of readers everywhere.
- The Day-Job Distraction:Two weeks ago while sitting in a staff meeting at my full-time day job, I noticed a soft-spoken co-worker’s new haircut. It was sassier, edgier than her previous style and instantly birthed a new character in my head who had vowed to step out of her comfort zone of safety and obscurity to discover adventure and, just maybe, love.
- The Hardware Store Hero: A recent trip to the hardware store ended with me waiting in a long line at checkout. Parallel to me in the next line stood a scruffy Chris Evans look-a-like leaning over a cart full of lumber and a new American flag. Once I stopped swooning, I imagined a hero back from war who was building a new home for his partner, a wounded-warrior German Shepherd. Best friends, they both must learn to trust the state-side world to which they’ve returned.
- The Flighty Flight Attendant:I was on a flight a few weeks ago and observed a flight attendant manning the drink station as it slowly made its way down the aisle. Her pronounced drawl dripped over the heads of every passenger to whom she spoke, her voice pitched high like a song bird. Charming, for sure. But she kept asking, “What drink was that again?” and “I’m sorry, I seem to have forgotten what you asked for, darlin’.” The image of a forgetful Southern belle came into focus in my mind—one whose carefree life is challenged by an unexpected inheritance that comes with great responsibility.
You see, no one’s safe under the gaze of an author. I’ve got my eyes on you. Characters, scenes, and plot lines are forming constantly. But be assured, dear readers and friends, you’re in no real danger. The average serial character stalker, while wildly dedicated to her unbreakable habit, is thankful for you and your uniqueness. Her stories depend on it.
Teresa Tysinger is a wife and mother transplanted from North Carolina to North Texas. When not working as the Director of Communications for a large downtown church, she writes charming southern romances, inspired by grace. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Religious Communicators’ Council, and the Association for Women in Communications, Teresa has spent over a decade committed to telling stories of faith through written word. She loves coffee, caramel, and stories with happy endings.