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I always have more than one work in progress. At the moment, I think I have three — okay, four. The second book in the What If Wasn’t series is a completed draft just awaiting editing. You could call that my primary Work in Progress at the moment. The third book in that series has already been started because it wants to be written. The next book in Transformation Project series is also just getting underway. Both have about 20,000 words written.

So, What Do I Love MOST About Them?

I love characters that talk to me and both series are character rich. In Red Kryptonite Curve, I built Peter up as a rich kid with problems that were bound to affect the people around him. In “Dancing the Centerline” — well, doesn’t that title tell you something about the character’s evolution? At heart, Peter’s a nice kid, but I’m going to put him through hell because he earns it and I think the readers will enjoy the ride. I love his conflict. Peter wants to do better and I keep throwing obstacles in his way. How will he overcome them? Will he overcome them? Or will he fail? I mean, why wouldn’t he? Being a nice kid doesn’t solve his foundational problems. He needs to grow beyond that. What I think I love most is that Peter is conflicted and will not have an easy time of growing up. He gets to be both the hero and the villain of the story because he is his own worst enemy. So how is it going to turn out? Well, you have to read the books to find out. The third book is called “Pocket Full of Rocks”. Yeah, there’s a hint in there. But I always leave the reader and Peter with hope for the future.

In Transformation Project, there’s an ensemble cast to draw from, which may be what I love most about writing this series. I’m not stuck in one head all the time. Shane has been primary in every book so far. He can get a little dark to write because he’s a depressive with PTSD. Some of those issues were confronted in Winter’s Reckoning, but there’s deep trauma that won’t be resolved immediately, plus I left him with some severe injuries to heal from, so other characters are going to step into the spotlight for this next book. Shane will be around, but Cai and Alex will get to shine a bit and, since “A Death in Jericho” involves a murder mystery, who better than an attorney to tackle the project?

I’ve also got a very tertiary WIP in trying to write a romantic thriller again. Yeah — glutton for punishment. I like that I’m three-quarters of the way through blocking the scenes and the characters are still talking to me. Usually, when I try to write a romance, I get to a place where the characters decide to go to sleep. We haven’t reached that point yet. YAY!

Posted September 14, 2020 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop

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  1. I am also a fan of characters and characterisation in books, Lela. Yours sound very interesting.

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  2. I haven’t tried, but I think I could write a romantic thriller. Now a regular romance? Not happening

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  3. I wish I wasn’t so bogged down in sequels, there are so many new ideas in my head that I’d like to explore. Romantic Thriller? If I could only persuade the voices in my head to play ball.

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    • That’s the problem I have with mine. I feel like I should write a romance. I’m not sure why (I do have a few romantic laiasons in my non-romance books because … humans. Certainly, romance sells best and a friend who writes mostly science fiction said when he and his wife wrote a romance together, he saw a pick up in readership — maybe people coming for the romance and staying for the sci fi. But the characters quit talking to me if I focus on the romance (probably because I’m not a romance reader), so then I figured if they got themselves into an adventure, maybe they’d stick and, so far, that’s true. It’s an experiment. I still doubt it’ll be my primary genre.

      I love series. Big stories and I think fantasy and sci fi lend themselves to the longer format. And I have no problem — thus far — with delaying publication of something to advance something else, although I do recognize I need to get back to Daermad Cycle. It’s been five years.

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  4. Romantic thriller? I guess I should post this week after all. Characters are my faves.

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