Before I was lucky enough to make things up for a living, I had a number of jobs. The first, in high school, was as a telephone solicitor for an insurance company. Hated that. Then I worked as a hostess in a restaurant with a chubby guy in red & white checks on the sign. That wasn’t a lot of fun either, but it was high school, and it was a little extra spending money. Then came the summer jobs in college: camp counselor, day camp counselor and summer dorm repair crew. All of those had their moments. Fast forward to adulthood and the list gets even weirder. Bank teller, receptionist, substitute teacher, elected politician, college instructor, wildlife educator. My original dream was to work with Jacques Cousteau in marine biology, but no way was that going to pan out. Each of those jobs has taught me something, and each has brought me to where I am no, so I’m not complaining a bit.
One question I have for you today is what you wanted to be when you grew up, and if that’s what you ended up doing? Mostly, in honor of Labor Day in the US today, I wanted to get some feedback on the careers of the protagonists in our books. When I was little, romance heroes were doctors or tycoons. The heroines were nurses, or teachers, or secretaries–all valuable vocations, but often tame by the standards of today’s adventurous characters. In science fiction you saw a lot of scientists, military, and explorer archetypes, which now we’re seeing in romance as well.
So tell us: what professions do you like to see in your fiction? More cops? Fewer cops? More scientists? Firefighters? Artists? Teachers? Musicians? More esoteric professions? Something totally different? I’m always curious to see what the reader is looking for.