Life and Writing
October 16, 2014 by Bella
My lack of recent updates is a good thing, I promise. I've just passed 50K words for the next book featuring Charlotte and Christopher with another 40K or so to go. I have to share that this is my favorite story I've ever written.
If you've read my books, you know I focus on smaller scale stories of regular people. My first book featured Julie who worked at a bounce house place and Jack who sold oil field equipment. The second featured a ship master named Kurt and his love, Polly, who works as a pharmacy technician. In this new book, Charlotte is finishing up her nursing degree and is interested in Christopher, who served as a Marine and just graduated as a clinical social worker.
I tell intimate stories where characters grow in the telling, and this one is no exception. It picks up the story from Charlotte's perspective at the end of Perfect Match when Christopher appears at the Mardi Gras parade. Both Charlotte and Christopher are facing tough decisions about their careers, families, and lives.
Writing the story of their struggle has been exciting for me, especially the process of plotting out the scenes and exposing their often conflicting points of view. One of my favorite scenes so far has been Charlotte defending her right to her own sexual agency. Having her expose Christopher's subtle double-standard when it comes to their respective pasts was fun to write.
Today I'm writing the end of Act II when things fall apart and all hope appears lost. Conversely, this is my favorite part of every book I've written. Writing compelling, relatable characters is just the appetizer. The main course is when they are tested, beaten, and hopeless. Watching them rise to the challenge and overcome the odds is the heart of the story, and this one has a spectacular twist that will hopefully surprise readers and enrich the Happy For Now I'm working toward in the end.
Before I finish this post, I wanted to share an update from my publisher, PubYourselfPress. We released Inseparable in June and Perfect Match in August, and at this point I've sold or given away over 56,000 ebooks. With more than 70 reviews on Amazon and over 200 ratings on Goodreads between both books, I wanted to thank the readers who gave me a chance to tell them a story or two. The kind words and feedback you've sent, publically and privately, really keep me going.
Feel free to drop me a line, even if you just want to say hi! Also, I'm taking questions on Goodreads if anyone has questions about the stories or writing they'd like to ask.