A trend I’ve noticed in romance is giving the characters strange jobs. For instance, in Kelley St. John’s Good Girls Don’t, the heroine works for an alibi agency. In Johanna Edwards’ Your Big Break, the heroine works for an agency that facilitates romantic breakups.
The trend makes sense to our society right now. We’re so busy with our work lives that we often don’t have time for tasks we used to consider personal, so we pay someone else to do them. And that opens up romantic plot possibilities, because strangers are sharing an intimacy.
In this survey from CareerBuilder.com, workers share some of the more unusual jobs they’ve held. Maybe the list will give you ideas for your next novel. I’d love to write a story around a lifeguard at a nude beach or a stand-in bridesmaid.
Urinalysis observer or zoo artificial inseminator, maybe not so much.
Do the characters’ careers play a big part in the novels you write?