I didn’t write any male protagonists for a long time, fearing I wouldn’t get the voice right. But once I dived in, I found it wasn’t that difficult. I loved writing “The Lord Is My Shamus,” whose main character is the biblical Job. I hear his voice as a little old Jewish man and write him accordingly. My friend Laura says I also write blue-collar men well. I’m not sure what that reveals about me, but I’ll take any compliment.
I love it. I especially love the double twist, which isn’t easy to do. I pulled it off in “The Worst Noel.” I can’t say more about that without giving things away. That said, I also like stories that end on a satisfying note, where there’s perhaps less of a twist than an epiphany. Both story-telling approaches can work if done well.