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Brenda Whiteside
February 5th, 2011, 12:12 PM
By the time a woman is over forty she should be all settled, know herself, have what she wants in life, right? But if she doesnít, thereís a story to tell. A woman of fifty, like Sandra in my book Sleeping with the Lights On, has life experience to offer up.


Excerpt from Sleeping with the Lights On:

I must admit, I not only looked good for my age (God, I hated that phrase), but I didnít look fifty. Which explained the string of younger men Iíd dated over those last few years. The May/December thing always seems so romantic and exciting at the movies or in books. Unfortunately, after I learned the two-step, the thirty-year-old cowboy in tight Wranglers didnít have much more to offer. The Arizona State University student, whose daddy owned a radio station, had been fun, but I was old enough to be his mother, which made the relationship a little creepy. Sean, the Irishman, had wanted children. The whole younger man phase came to an abrupt end with Greg the Greek God as he fumbled with the condoms and blurted out his virginity status. 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[I]So what's your take on heroines over 40? Leave a comment to be entered to win Sleeping with the Lights On and a Starbucks gift certificate.

jovial1
February 5th, 2011, 12:35 PM
Seeing as though I'm 48 and look and feel as good if not better than I did 30 yrs ago - I love the idea of an older heroine. Please enter me to win Sleeping With The Lights On. Thank you.

Brenda Whiteside
February 5th, 2011, 12:46 PM
You're in jovial1. The 40's and the 50's are great times for women. And beyond that, too! Don't you think the experience shines through?

Cara Bristol
February 5th, 2011, 12:46 PM
I would love to read more stories of heroine's over the age of forty. There's more to romance than young love. By the time you're in your forties or fifties, you're dealing with different issues than women in their 20s, or even 30s. It would be nice to see that reflected in romances.

I think the next romance I write will feature an over 40 heroine with an age-appropriate hero.

Brenda Whiteside
February 5th, 2011, 12:50 PM
I hope you do, Carol. Older heroines with age appropriate men respond to circumstances differently. Makes for more fun and more depth to the characters. Good luck!

lillygayle
February 5th, 2011, 01:32 PM
Being 50 myself, I enjoy books/movies that portray middle aged women as sexy rather than frumpy old grandmas. And older doesn't have to mean old-looking. Have you seen former supermodel Cheryl Tigues lately? She's 63 and still looks fabulous!

Brenda Whiteside
February 5th, 2011, 01:44 PM
Yes, she does. And I don't think she's had much surgery done either. I like Jamie Lee Curtis, too, for her natural approach to beauty. Heck, even if you're a grandma (I wish I were) you can still go mountain climbing, or sky diving and look great. I'm well over 50 and I love to shake my booty, still.

a_charol
February 5th, 2011, 01:50 PM
Older heroines work out well. As you said, they respond to situations differently. They also are likely to be better spoken. It can be tedious to read about young heroines who continually make silly mistakes and are vocabulary deficient.
My best example for an older heroine (although the series is mystery) is Amelia Peabody (Elizabeth Peters). The romance element of the series run through the books from their thirties to sixties.

Brenda Whiteside
February 5th, 2011, 02:26 PM
Right you are. And older heroines know more about themselves and what they want. Or at least what they don't want. Like in my book, Sleeping with the Lights On, Sandra still doesn't have the career she wants because she's let love and lust sidetrack her but she knows she isn't going to let that happen again. The plot can reach a little deeper with the older heroine.l

Beth Mathison
February 5th, 2011, 02:44 PM
I also love the idea of an older heroine -- I think it can make a story really interesting, especially when she's got the life experience to be sassy in a good way!

Greetings from the wilds of Wisconsin, next door to you.

Brenda Whiteside
February 5th, 2011, 03:06 PM
Hi Beth. Are you freezing today, too?

Sassy older heroines are so much fun. And lets not forget the men they encounter of a certain age. Their experience can create all kinds of havoc but they also know how to treat a woman in oh so many good ways!

Beth Mathison
February 5th, 2011, 03:12 PM
It's a whopping 24 degrees here, so no worries! After last week's blizzard and deep-freeze, I'm actually comfortable going out in jeans and a sweater. Is that depressing?

And yes -- a "ahem", "mature" man can be so much more interesting than the younger guys!

Brenda Whiteside
February 5th, 2011, 03:19 PM
Ha. Looks like we have you beat at 28. But no sun today. I went walking yesterday and had to unzip my jacket. Sick, huh?

Mitzi Flyte
February 5th, 2011, 05:06 PM
I love the idea of writing about sexy older women - since I am one.
I'm 63 and tired of reading about the 20-somethings with the firm breasts and long-flowing hair, etc. I want/need a heroine I understand - to whom I can relate.
So, Brenda, I'm also writing a book with an older heroine: a mainstream book about a widower in his late sixties who finds his first love in a nursing home, misdiagnosed with Alzheimer's....it:giggle: is a love story with the lovers "on the run".

I look forward to reading your book when some smart editor picks it up - in the meantime, I'll get your first book.

BTW: My first romance credit was an erotic romance through The Wild Rose Press - older woman/younger man. I'm not "into" younger men - tried them, have nothing to talk to them about. I like guys who know what "JFK" means.

Mitzi Flyte w/a Macie Carter

Brenda Whiteside
February 5th, 2011, 05:13 PM
Mitzi, love your style and your humor. Hope you keep me posted on when your latest ms gets published. The 50-60 female crowd is huge and most of us ladies feel the same. I've been married a long time and only tried the younger man thing in my imagination. But oddly enough that was when I was a bit younger. There are a lot of hunks in our age group, too. Love the on the run idea!

lillygayle
February 5th, 2011, 10:59 PM
Love Jamie Lee Curtis! One of my all time favorite romantic comedies is True Lies. I know I've seen that movie 10 times.

Brenda Whiteside
February 6th, 2011, 12:32 AM
She was great in that. Did you see her in More Magazine a few years back. She posed in her panties and bra without makeup to show real women that stars look like real women, too.

lillygayle
February 6th, 2011, 11:07 AM
I've never even heard of More Magazine. Need to check it out sometime.

Brenda Whiteside
February 6th, 2011, 11:23 AM
Great magazine for women over 40. Thanks for weighing in on this event, Lilly.