Apparently, we are not to write from the opposite sex’s point of view, however in TEAM MATES and TEAM PURSUIT I did just that. I, in my voice and on the screen, am Jerome ‘Creeps’ Kremers, a mid-20’s alpha male, sporty brick wall, iron clad kinda-guy.
I started writing Australian Team Series to expose readers to the behind-the-scenes life of a developing athlete. I mentor many of them in real-life; helping them adjust to being ogled, being a role model and finding the equilibrium between developing an earlier-than-normal physical form whilst the emotional growth is still unfolding.
Once TEAM MATES started to run in its own direction, I realised I (the real Sally Carbon) was in fact, Jerome Kremers. This may be interesting as many reviewers who partly know me, believe I am Chelsea Leigh, the leading female character who sits snuggly between being a dual protagonist and Creeps’ antagonist.
Once the pen wrote its last line, I ran the book under some arty men’s noses (it was hard to find a sporty man who is also arty). All three beta readers said they loved the book, but suggested I go away and multiply Jerome by five, if not ten. So I did, I sharpened him up, swore more, and actually stood and re-enacted some moments, like back-bending when scoring a goal on the football field to really feel their ways. In the end there are 337 F—k words in TEAM MATES (which continually makes my mum break out in a sudden sweat).
"Kremers and Leigh are beautifully crafted characters," says an Amazon reviewer. I am very grateful for these kind words.
So upshot is, we can write who we wish. To me, there’s no difference writing male v female, old v young, extrovert v introvert, compared to any other personality or demographic trait---we just have to get inside their minds, and in this case bodies, too.
What do I like about Jerome Kremers? 1. He wears his heart on his sleeve. 2. He’s a mixture of being Dutch and Australian. 3. He wasn’t strong at school, but he’s seriously determined to be an able adult. 4. He’s vehemently serious about taking his physical prowess to world’s best standard.
5. He’s prepared to be different from his teammates, although he respects them no end.