In my Bunco Babes books, the central characters have been friends for years. They get together every Thursday night to drink frozen margaritas, roll dice, and gossip about the inhabitants of their small north Florida town. The three main characters I introduced in the first book, Bunco Babes Tell All, were labeled as “the nice one” “the sharp one” and “the hot one”. Unconsciously as a writer, I don’t set out to create the theme for my books. Theme is something that naturally results from the plot. But after I wrote the book (and figured out what it was really about) I discovered that my main character, Kitty, had to come to grips with the eternal question of the ages. Just what kind of girl are you? Too often, like the characters in my books, we get labeled at an early age. You know the labels I’m talking about- the smart one, the pretty one, the goofy one… And after a while, we start to believe it ourselves. But sometimes (like Kitty had to find out in Bunco Babes Tell All) in order to achieve our highest potential (or win your happily-ever-after!) you have to break out of the mold….
In case you don’t know what Bunco is, let me explain. Think of a guy’s poker night. Then substitute the beer for frozen margaritas, the cards for dice, and the cigars for gossip. Sound like fun? I got the idea for my debut novel Bunco Babes Tell All while at the RWA writing conference in Reno. I was at dinner with friends and I was wearing my “lucky” Bunco bracelet. I was laughing when I happened to glance down at my bracelet and faster than you can roll a couple of dice, it all came to me. I needed to write a book about a group of women who play Bunco! I’d been an avid player since 1992 and knew firsthand that it would make a great backdrop to a fun and quirky women’s fiction novel. So now you’ve got to read the rest and comment to be entered into today’s contest to win a signed copy of BUNCO BABES TELL ALL… Visit FreshFiction.com to learn more about books and authors.