Please welcome the amazing and talented Tracey Devlyn to Magical Musings today. I absolutely love this post about how her latest story came about. Anti-heroes – you know, the really damaged guys – always get to me! Take it away, Tracey!
First off, huge thanks to Misty Evans and the Magical Musings gang for inviting me back!
When I began writing Book 4 of my Nexus series, I thought the main story would revolve around two troubled secondary characters from A Lady’s Secret Weapon (Bk 3) — Mac O’Donnell and Amelia Cartwright. I wanted so badly to give them the happy ending they both deserved. I also needed to do something about my overarching villain, Lord Latymer. The guy had menaced my Nexus agents throughout the series and then he wound up disappearing with his son, Giles Clarke, at the end of ALSW.
From the beginning, I had a tough time writing Mac and Amelia’s story. What should have taken me two months to write took three. Nothing about the twenty thousand-word novella felt right, but I sent it off to my editor anyway, with a sick feeling deep in my stomach.
My editor’s verdict? It’s not Mac and Amelia’s story. It’s Latymer and Giles’s story. The sickness in my belly turned to mild panic. I’m a romance writer. What did I know about capturing the delicate relationship between a murdering traitor and his traumatized son? How would I ever pull this off without disappointing fans of the series?
These questions rolled through my mind, again and again. I spent the next month peeling back the layers of Latymer’s motives for betraying his country and friends. In the process, I revealed a man desperate to preserve a forbidden love and protect his only son—at great cost to himself and those around him. The complexity of Latymer’s character prevented him from being either wholly good or wholly bad. He’d done terrible things in the name of love. But he’d also performed courageous acts to protect his family. In writing Latymer and Giles’s story, I found a different kind of love and a different kind of ever after.
I’m extremely proud of the way LATYMER turned out. The story challenged me in ways I had never been challenged before. I explored the intricacies of a father-son relationship and experimented with first person point of view. I dared to create a sexual predator and pit her against hero, er, anti-hero.
And yes, Mac and Amelia got their happy ending, but in a very different way than I had originally planned. 🙂
What do you think? Is an anti-hero redeemable?
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BRIEF SUMMARY OF LATYMER:
Book 4 – e-Novella, Nexus series
Available January 7, 2014
William Townsend—Lord Latymer—lost the woman he loved because of his greed and his ultimate deception of two powerful countries. Now, he must protect his nine-year-old son from the same fate. Latymer has only one chance to escape his enemies: board a ship that would carry them both to America and a new life. But first he must find his missing son, elude a vengeful grieving brother, and kill a beautiful French assassin. Time is slipping through his fingers and Latymer has twelve hours before his ship and his future sail away.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tracey Devlyn is an award-winning author who writes historical romantic thrillers (translation: a slightly more grievous journey toward the heroine’s happy ending).
Tracey’s a cofounder of Romance University, a group blog dedicated to readers and writers of romance, and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, Chicagoland’s exciting new reading salon devoted to romantic fiction.
An Illinois native, Tracey spends her evenings harassing her once-in-a-lifetime husband and her weekends torturing her characters. For more information on Tracey, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website at: