How exciting to be here with our new chapter mates! Love the name of the blog. The only thing better than being called a magician, will be getting to know all of you!
|The we that is Alicia Hunter Pace (Jean Hovey and Stephanie Jones)|
Might as well get that we business out of the way right off. Yes, there are two of us—Jean Hovey and Stephanie Jones, writing as Alicia Hunter Pace. We write contemporary and fantasy, but somehow it always turns out to be romantic comedy.Regardless of the genre, our stories always seem to start with the hero—whether it's a magic casting elf or a smooth talking southern fraternity boy, damaged from the wrong kind of living and loving. We fall in love with our heroes, right along with the heroine and, of course, we want our readers to feel the same way.
That much we agree on. It's our tastes in heroes that differs. Consequently, some characters end up being definitively Jean's and some Stephanie's. There is always so much talk of how to define a hero—alpha male, beta male, gamma male—whatever that is.
We seem to have a never ending problem. Jean just cannot get what an alpha male is and Stephanie is always on a quest to make her understand. Is he a control freak and a jerk or is he just determined to take care of business as he covers up how broken he is? No one wants to fall in love with a jerk. Do they?
It's a quandary.
Of course we are going to always have a soft spot for the hero from our first sale, Sweet Gone South. He's an uptight, rule-following, straight laced judge. We see him grow through the story as he realizes that he simply can’t control everyone and everything. He started out with some very definite ideas about what was and wasn’t acceptable. Unfortunately, they weren’t always the same plans that we had for him.
Sometimes he won; sometimes we did. But it all led to happily ever after, and that's what counts. Here is the cover for his story, Sweet Gone South.