I’m so pleased that Amy Gamet is my guest today. Dale Mayer and I are in a book set that Amy is spearheading, along with 8 other authors, titled the SUPER ROMANCE BUNDLE. As well as putting the Bundle together and writing her own books, Amy is a cover designer, a mom and a wife. She’s doing it all, and I don’t know how she does it. Enjoy her post on author sadism!
Good writers have to have a bit of a sadistic streak. They create whole characters out of nothing, with personalities and quirks and challenges, and then torture them like ants under a sunlit magnifying glass.
That’s the job of the author. Torture. If everything’s going well for the hero, he’s uninteresting and plain. Give him a broken leg. A broken heart. Make him misunderstood. Give him more baggage than a transatlantic airplane flight, and have the plane experience mechanical difficulties at forty thousand feet.
Sometimes when I’m writing a scene, my fingers grow still across the keys and I begin to drool out of the corner of my mouth. That’s when I know it’s time to pull out that magnifying glass and ramp it up another notch. If I’m bored, my characters must be getting along too well.
The only problem with that magnifying glass is that it tends to disrupt my carefully outlined story structure, burning little holes into the page until I can no longer find my way from Point A to Point B. I call this, “writing myself into a corner”, and my husband rolls his eyes and says, “Did it again, eh?”
But I wouldn’t change a thing. Some of my most interesting stories have come out of this—shall we say—process. Didn’t see that plot twist coming? Neither did I! Amazed that it all came together in the end? Me, too!
My book Meant for Her was a tangled mess by the time I got done with it, and it works. The reviewers consistently say they were completely surprised by its twists and turns.
Really? You didn’t see that one coming? That was all part of the plan, my friend. (*Taps magnifying glass on desk.*) All part of the plan.
What book or movie surprised or shocked you with a plot twist?
A code only she can break… A man only she was made for…
Julie Trueblood’s name is found alongside an encrypted message in the safe deposit box of a dead man, bringing Navy investigator Hank Jared to her door, looking for answers. The daughter of the most infamous spy of the twenty-first century, Julie denies any knowledge of the man or the cipher and sends Hank away.
Hank is supposed to be in the Adirondacks walking his sister down the aisle, not chasing leads on a John Doe murder investigation that doesn’t even appear to be Navy-related. He’s a military man through and through, and while an order is an order, he hasn’t given up hope of finding a way to make the ceremony. When Julie contacts him and says her life is in danger, Hank finds the perfect place to hide her, right by his side, pretending to be his girlfriend at his sister’s wedding. Now he just needs to remember their relationship is all an act.
Sparks fly between Hank and Julie as they defend against a hidden enemy and seek out the truth in this deadly game of cat-and-mouse. The coded message brought them together, but its secrets hold the power to tear them apart. Guided by her generous and quirky Aunt Gwen, Julie will gather the courage to unravel the cipher that was meant for her to decode, as she learns to trust the man she was meant to love.
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