Many people who meet me think I’m an extrovert. But I like to call myself an introverted/extrovert. Growing up as an Air Force brat, I learned to make friends quickly. Every two years, I was making new ones. Not until I married, and my hubby and I moved to Aurora, Illinois, did I finally garner long term friends. Still, I regret not having friends I’d known since kindergarten.
Isabella Wilson in my contemporary romance, New Duet, grew up traveling around because of her father’s job. That was a piece of my childhood I could flesh out in my novel.
An introverted/extrovert knows how to make acquaintances easily. They enjoy people but also are very comfortable spending long periods of time alone. As a writer, I have a sketchbook in my head of the many people I’ve met over decades. Those characters come to life as I spend solitary time in front of my keyboard.
As an I/E, I sympathize with the lost newbie at writers’ conferences and guests at church. I make it a point to greet them and help in anyway I can. I tend to think of myself as less successful than extroverts. And love to exchange ideas and share helpful tips with those same lost people. I have nothing to lose sharing my knowledge and everything to gain in a new friendship.
I hope to gain new friends through Love Romance Reads, too.
New Duet: A Christian Romance by Cindy Ervin Huff