I hear my characters talk to me. Obviously it's all in my head or we would have some issues that need to be dealt with. I find that a story idea will nag at me until I write it down somewhere. Then it seems to contently snuggle up for a nap until I am ready to write more.
Sometimes when I am working on a story there will be a character from the story, or more than one, babbling about in my head as I write. They will say any number of things. They could be disagreeing with what happens next in the plot or complaining that their scene is not coming up soon enough. The later usually makes me stop what I am working on and write out the scene in question just so I can move on with the story at large.
My current release, Lady of the Dead, has an exception. It was not a main character that spoke to me about plot changes or a minor character begging impatiently for their time in the spotlight. Instead I heard Sin. Sin is a Shapeshifter, who to put it mildly is a bit unstable. She says what she is thinking at any given time. This means that while I wrote the first half of the story I had Sin in my head with a running commentary of her impressions of all the other characters and their actions. Instead of talking rationally to solve a problem Sin would suggest banging someone upside the head. It was rather distracting at times. But when I sent her on a mission in the book, she seemed content with that and went back to wherever my characters go when I am not writing them.
It was entertaining to say the least, but a part of me hopes she doesn't pipe back up when I start working on the sequel.
I know this sounds crazy or at the very least a wee bit strange. But I find that when you let your imagination wander where it wants the writing becomes easier. Even if sometimes it is a distraction.
Lady of the Dead
Night World Series
Gretchen S. B.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Number of pages: 262
Word Count: ~93, 000
Cover Artist: Gretchen S. B.
A Lady of the Dead only comes along once in a century. Gwen knows this makes her valuable but she hates the constant supervision of her Warrior guards. Her increasing power has gifted her some independence until rumors of war spook her guards enough to report to the King
Cesar has been King of North America through several wars and rebellions. When one of his generals informs him these new rumors involve the Lady of the Dead he flies to Seattle himself it investigate, posing as his second-in-command. The instant attraction he feels to Gwen becomes increasingly hard to ignore.
Will Cesar be able to protect Gwen while battling his lust? Will Gwen stay with her warrior guards or will Cesar’s dominating nature push her to switch sides? Hidden alliances begin to surface in Lady of the Dead.
About the Author:
Gretchen happily lives in Seattle, Washington where she spends her time creating new characters and situations to put them in. She also enjoys cheering on her local sports teams, even though it sometimes seems they are allergic to winning.
She has loved reading and telling stories as far back as she, or anyone else, can remember. Currently, she loves to read the same genres she writes. She also loves exploring her home state. At the end of her adventures she unwinds by curling up on the couch, knitting while catching up TV shows.
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