J.A. Redmerski on
writing male and female POV’s
Anyone who has ever read one of my books knows that I generally write in both the POV’s of the hero and the heroine—like many New Adult authors tend to do. But which do I prefer? Which is more fun? And do I squirm when trying to tackle the male POV?
Well, I can tell you right off the answer to number three is YES, I totally squirm when writing in the hero’s perspective because I’m afraid I’m going to screw it up and just sound like a girl trying to sound like a guy. But at the same time, I have to admit that both POV’s flow equally for me and I don’t really struggle with one more than the other. It’s not harder for me to write through the male’s eyes—just intimidating. I want to get it right and not make the mistake of both characters sounding exactly the same—distinctive voices and personalities are very important! But what makes me squirm the most about it are sex scenes. I generally lean towards most of my sex scenes being in the POV of the heroine. And the reason for this is because I think it’s sexier (in my personal opinion, anyway) to read what the woman is telling the reader the guy is doing to her, rather than the guy telling me. *shrugs* Might just be me! I think it’s the mystery of the guy that’s so sexy.
Which leads me to the question: Which do I prefer?
I 100% prefer to write in the female POV and sometimes I feel like I want to do the entire book that way. Because I like the mystery of the hero and sometimes too much inner dialogue and thought can be a turn-off when it comes to guy’s POV’s in books.
Which is more fun? Really, it depends on the scene! J
Born November 25, 1975, J.A. (Jessica Ann) Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children and a Maltese. She is a lover of television and books that push boundaries and is a huge fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead.
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