Fluffy Stuff

As a voracious reader, I'm opinionated where books are concerned. I like a good start-with-a-bang as much as the next girl, but honestly, I prefer to be drawn in rather than hit over the head right away. Seduced, if you will, by the story. There's nothing better than when I'm reading something I think is pretty good and then at some point I have switched over to OMG this is amazing without even being aware of doing so. That moment of Wait. I'm in love. What?

I guess that's simply the type of relationship I desire with the stuff I read.

That's also how I want to write. What I produce might look a little fluffy on the surface, and I'm okay with that. Life is often fluffy (thank GOD, because don't we love it when it is!). But I like the idea of inserting little crumbs of weighty stuff for the reader to chew on while enjoying something (hopefully) fun. Decisions with delicious or disastrous consequences, moments of trust and betrayal - these are (massively important, but) tiny bits of our lives. Most of life is stuff like Do these shoes go with this outfit? and What the hell's for lunch? I'm starving. And the occasional I loooove this song or Wow that guy is too cute.

The truth is, if real life was issues-driven all the time, we'd all be jumping off of bridges or tall buildings. When a book delves into heavy and stays there, it had better be careful of the characters within sounding like whiny lil bitches.* (I'll bet you are thinking of just such a character right now.) I want my characters to say something like, "Hey, what are we wearing to the thing Friday night?" while thinking something like Why are my boyfriend and my best friend making me choose between them? (Ooooh... I may file that idea away for book five...)

*In the spirit of showing what I mean by doing it right, may I present The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. I don't know how she managed the serious issues-driven stuff and pulled off hilarious at the same time. I aspire to write something like this perfect book. Until then, fluffy does it.

Tammara Webber

New York Times and international bestselling author of contemporary romantic fiction