This past Saturday, I did a signing at a Barnes & Noble here in Chicago and I had such a great time! There was a wonderful turn-out– I think one of the best parts of being an author has to be getting the opportunity to meet and talk to readers. I had such fun conversations– I swear, the romance community is just the most fabulously interesting group of people. And I even learned all about my local RWA chapter (something I really need to look into joining) and I picked up a book recommendation, too: Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. This will be only the second historical I’ve ever read (I know, I know, I need to rectify that situation) and I can’t wait to check out the infamous Derek Craven, who I’ve heard is very, very yummy…
So I already knew this, but I have to say that I really am blessed to have the most amazing group of friends and family. I was incredibly touched that so many of them came by the signing. I should’ve taken more photos– but of course I was too busy talking to remember that– although I at least managed to get this one of me and my friends Debra and Kellie. And how about this– I was thrilled that an old guy friend of mine that I hadn’t seen for fifteen years showed up. Ahh… the power of Facebook.
Not surprisingly, a lot of my friends are lawyers. There was a moment at the signing when I looked around and just had to smile– I wondered if there’s ever before been such a large gathering of lawyers–men and women– standing around discussing contemporary romance. And yes, they’re my friends so I might be a tad biased here, but they’re just such a witty and fun group. What cracks me up about that is that I’ve had several readers mention to me that they normally don’t like stories about lawyers.
Now, don’t get me wrong… I can tell you from personal experience that some lawyers definitely are first-class a-holes. But I wonder, generally speaking, where do these negative impressions of lawyers come from? Is it what we see portrayed on television and in movies? Is it based on personal experience? Or maybe it’s just that the “bad” lawyers stand out so much more than the good ones?
So here’s the question: if you’ve had a bias either for or against lawyer characters in novels, what led you to feel that way? Or, if you like some stories involving lawyers but not others, which ones work for you and why?