GUEST BLOG: Challenging Characters by Shiloh WalkerTuesday, June 14, 2011 10:00
I think it was 2006 or 2007 when I initially signed a contract to write this story.
Then there came problems. Problems in the form of my heroine, Nessa. You see, she wasn’t ready. I put her through ten different kinds of hell in Hunters Heart and Soul, and I admit, it was fun.
So I guess this was her payback.
Because I couldn’t write her book then. After banging my head—figuratively speaking, and maybe literally—I emailed my editor, desperate, panicking. Either this is a common occurrence or she was expecting this from me. But she said I could wait. I had other stories I could tell and she was fine with one of those.
So I waited. I wrote a different book, although it might have been two?? Hunter’s Need, Fragile???
I finished up that contract and with the next one, I was going to write that dang book.
Finally in 2009, I was able to start working on it. But the heroine fought me every step of the way. Now the hero, Dominic, he wasn’t so bad. I can’t explain why, except maybe he just wasn’t playing a game of payback the way his heroine was.
Now, he was easy. Even when his heroine was driving me nuts, Dominic just settled back and smiled. I only wish all characters were that laid back. Although I guess if they were, the process of telling of a story would get too easy and maybe I’d take it for granted.
It would be nice, though, if they sometimes remembered who is in charge…
Oh, wait. Groan…the characters are.