7 Reasons Why I Created the Character of Roxy Collins #chicklit #romcom #writer

Roxy Collins is the main character of my Wattpad novel and fictional podcast The Diary of Roxy Collins. 

She’s a thirty something, single mother of three unruly children, who is in a dead-end job, gets no help from her ex-partners and is living in a run down rented house.

Here are the reasons why I created the character of Roxy Collins:

  1. After years of reading Chicklit and romantic fiction I wanted to read about a realistic heroine. I was tired of reading about skinny, rich and glamorous ChickLit heroines. I wanted someone who I could relate to. Someone who had kids, struggled in a dead-end job and had useful ex partners.
  2. Roxy is one of life’s survivors. She has not had much luck with relationships; pregnant as a teenager, her first partner Jon confessed he was gay soon after she fell pregnant. Her second partner and father of the boys, Rob, left her for the blonde barmaid. Despite all this she still has her humour.
  3. She’s a character who I warm to; she’s crazy, loves singing Cher songs, when she’s drunk and struggles to control her three spirited children.
  4. She makes me laugh whenever I write her.
  5. I wanted a character who never gave up on looking for love.
  6. She reminds me of an older version of Bridget Jones.
  7. I wanted a character who could explore the comedy of family life.

 

She’s my best fictional friend ever and she’s done me proud on Wattpad and iTunes.

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26 thoughts on “7 Reasons Why I Created the Character of Roxy Collins #chicklit #romcom #writer

  1. Loved this, IBFF. You know, I’m sure, that I haven’t read Roxy yet. I just love her name and I love everything I keep hearing about her, but because I can’t give her the time she deserves I haven’t dived in in the middle. I’m so glad you gave her her own page on your blog so I can find her as soon as I have time. ❤ Keep Writing and Laughing!

      1. Today I have made a Teaser Trailer for Captive Hope, had a serious discussion with my daughter’s teacher, and made dinner. The laundry still awaits attention, but progress has been made! Will you watch the trailer when I upload it to YouTube and tell me if you like it or not? 🙂

  2. I’m hardly a big chick-lit reader, but Roxy somehow resonates with me. I think it’s your excellent characterization not just of Roxy, but of everyone in the series, from her daughter to Malcolm the imaginary friend.

    I also like how you’ve played to your strengths. Since all your posts are structured as lists, having Roxy’s story presented as a chronological list is a great idea.

    Well done 🙂

  3. What’s not to love about Roxy? I’m glad you enjoy writing her little stories, Iove reading them and I’m hooked now. I could see it coming out as one of those weekly series of short stories on TV like Catastrophe, which I love!

  4. Your comment about ‘chick lit’ rang bells. I have recently read a series about ‘were bears.’ I loved the stories but every man in them was over six foot with rippling muscles. Likewise the girls were all stunningly beautiful. I like escapism, but I longed for somebody to appear who was short and/or older (like me).

    1. Thx for this, I think realistic characters are really interesting and funny too. Roxy is a survivor and life is full of survivors, people who just get through day to day. Thx for reading and happy Friday 🙂

  5. I think your weekly Roxy posts are brilliant for all of the reasons you listed above. What a great idea. It’s engaging and I look forward to reading it every Monday. The fact that you get all of these benefits from writing it just tells me you’ll be successful. You already are.
    This should be a book eventually. I’d buy it. 😊
    Thanks for another great post! Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. Roxy is a lot of fun. She’s well written and detailed. My characters appear on my blog all the time. I think it’s a good move to use Roxy the way you have. I do something similar with Lisa the robot girl. She makes guest appearances, does interviews, etc.

  7. Why do you hate your novel? Is that you need some time away from it, because it took over your life? I’d be really interested to know. Promotion — I also have a great deal of reluctance about that. I’ve found this post useful — really made me think. You’re promoting Roxy — you have a separate Twitter account for her?

    1. I think hating a novel is a common thing. After working solidly in it for months I think I need a break. It’s at third draft stage and I just can’t get excited about it. Maybe I will stick in a drawer.
      No I haven’t got a separate Twitter account but you have me thinking! Thx and happy Friday!

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