Welcome to Harmony Valley! Fifteen years or so ago, the largest employer in town (the grain mill) exploded, burned to the ground, and closed. Without jobs, people moved away...everyone except for retirees, who couldn't afford to take a loss on their homes. They stayed.
When I decided to set a romance series in Harmony Valley, I had carte blanch to create jobs to be filled. The first jobs were relatively easy - 3 dot com millionaires return to Harmony Valley and decide to start a winery. They'd need a support group - a winemaker, a field manager, a cellar supervisor. Other jobs for heroes and heroines followed - veterinarian, elderly caretaker, vet tech, horse whisperer, mechanic, beautician. And now...a fireman and a postmaster.
You read that right. My heroine in Love, Special Delivery returns to Harmony Valley to open up the post office. Not exactly the kind of job you read about every day. I believe my editor's eyebrows raised when I pitched it to her. I have a list of occupations I'm considering for the series (although I must admit, I couldn't bring myself to plot a story about the garbage collector).
There are other romances I've read with unusual hero/heroine occupations. I remember reading a historical with a rat catcher as a hero. It was a reversal on My Fair Lady. And a contemporary story about a woman who cleans up bloody crime scenes for a living.
Can you recall any unusual occupations in books you've read? Are there any occupations you'd raise your eyebrows for?
Melinda Curtis is an award-winning USA Today Bestseller. Her latest releases are Love, Special Delivery (out now!), A Kiss is Just a Kiss (a sweet romantic comedy, available 4/27), and Frankly, my dear...Creating Unforgettable Characters (a writing craft book, available now). To celebrate the release of Love, Special Delivery, Melinda is offering a prize pack on her Facebook page. You can enter for your chance to win here. Sign up for Melinda's mailing list here and receive FREE READS.