I’m hosting a guest post today for the book tour for urban fantasy / paranormal romance “Shadow’s Moon”. I’ll leave the word to author Jami Gray now. Enjoy!
The Path Not Taken…
As a writer you are constantly bombarded with advice on how to improve your writing skills. There is so much out there that sometimes it sweeps across your radar with only a soft ping buried among all the other great ideas pinging their little hearts out. Yet every now and again that little noise turns into a blaring teeth jarring alarm. I had one of those a few weeks ago.
My current work in progress (WIP) is Shadow’s Moon, is the third installment of the Kyn Kronicles. Unlike my first two books where we tag along with Raine McCord and Gavin Durand, this time we’re leaving those two alone for a little bonding time and sticking with Xander Cade and Warrick Vidis. I did not expect this particular couple to be such tough customers. I’ve spent enough time with Raine and Gavin to understand they can be downright brutal, but quirky Xander and quietly dangerous Warrick are turning out to be as frustrating as a Rubik’s Cube. (Yes, I know how dated that makes me!)
A few weeks ago I was stuck on a scene. For those who write, it was one of those scenes which appeared great on paper, but just wasn’t …right. I walked away from my computer screen, drank some coffee, cleaned out a file cabinet, drank more coffee, helped my youngest create another world dominating weapon from duct tape, came back and stared at the screen some more. Nothing. I was stuck. So being the diligent writer I am I headed out to the writer chat loops where others could kick my butt back in action.
Wandering about, I stumbled upon a conversation about being true to your characters and their world. Opinions were expressed, advice dispensed, an examples of all kinds were held up for evisceration. When I finally managed to find my way back, my mind was busy whirling away and sliding all those pings into their proper places.
It wasn’t until the next day when I was once again in front of my screen that I realized why my scene wasn’t working. Let me share my simplistic eureka moment.
Let me set the scene: A rogue werewolf heads into a human nightclub to confront his human ex-girlfriend while our heroine, Xander, is tracking his furry butt down to make sure he doesn’t clue in the humans that the wild and furry exist. Rogue boy looks up, sees Xander and…
This was our initial continuation of the scene: Rogue boy bolts for the exit door leading to the alley. Xander follows him out, blocks the door to make sure no one drops in unannounced to their little “discussion”. A fight ensues, no humans involved.
Umm…yeah…let’s be honest here. If you have a ticked off werewolf in a human club, I think the last thing he’s going to do is politely hold open the exit door and do the “Shall we take this outside?” routine.
All those pings from my little foray into the chat rooms came to brain piercing attention. My Muse whapped me across the head and informed me, “That no damn werewolf would ever be that polite. Stop being a wuss and write it right!”
I don’t argue with my Muse, not if I want to keep breathing. I bent to my task and violá, the new and improved scene: Rogue boy sees Xander and proceeds to throw a temper tantrum, littering the club with various body parts of the security guards before Xander can push through the now screaming, hysterical mob of the club. Plus by the time the fight’s over with, the cops are on their way and that thin veil of secrecy hiding the monsters in our midst…yeah, it’s in shreds.
However, the best part of this whole experience was discovering the twists and turns with my characters. As scary as it can be as a writer, you have to stay true to your world and characters. Every decision, every action causes another link in your story to appear. So next time a scene just isn’t clicking, be real with your characters and make sure their decisions and actions are what would really happen, regardless of how many tangles they’ll make of your story. You might be surprised at what you find once you untangle those lines.
About Shadow’s Moon
Author: Jami Gray
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
Even a wild heart can be broken…
A blonde, a brunette and a monster walk into a bar and all hell breaks loose.
It should have been the start of a bad joke, but days from a full moon Xander Cade, Tracker for the Northwest Motoki Pack, finds nothing funny about confronting an enraged Shifter in a crowded Portland nightclub filled with unsuspecting humans. The resulting carnage frays an already thin veil of secrecy shielding the supernatural Kyn community from public scrutiny, and ensures she can’t escape the one man she’s been determined to avoid, her Alpha and mate, Warrick Vidis. Dominating, protective and compelling, Warrick threatens her individuality like no other.
As the Northwest Alpha wolf, compromise isn’t in Warrick Vidis’s vocabulary, but when his reluctant mate, Xander Cade, refuses to leave off the hunt for a killer, he has no qualms using whoever or whatever necessary to protect her or his pack. A series of unusual deaths involving lone wolves, along with anonymous threats against him and his Pack, begin to jeopardize his normal steely control. Add in Xander’s continual reluctance to fully accept their Soul bond, and the line between intellect and instinct begins to blur, leaving him wondering if one woman’s love and acceptance will be enough to save both man and wolf.
As the danger escalates, threatening not just their Pack but those closest to them, Warrick and Xander must find a way to trust each other and accept their rare bond or risk losing everything-their pack, their friends and each other.
Jami Gray grew up on the Arizona-Mexico border, and was adopted at the age of 14 to suddenly become the fifth eldest of 37 children. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and three minors-History, English, and Theater. (Decision-making was not her forte at the time.) Shortly after marrying her techie-geek hubby (who moonlighted as her best friend in high school) she completed a Masters in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix Oregon.
Now, years later, she’s back in the Southwest where she’s outnumbered in her own home by two Star Wars obsessed boys, one Star Wars obsessed husband, and an overly-friendly, 105-pound male lab. Delving into the wild paranormal worlds where romance collides with suspense and Urban Fantasy is queen, manages to salvage her sanity. Or so we let her believe…
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/JamiGrayUFWriter
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.com/e/B006HU3HJI
Black Opal Books: www.BlackOpalBooks.com
Muse It Up Publishing: http://museituppublishing.com
There is a tour-wide giveaway for print copies of all three books in the series (US/CA only) and eBook copies in the series (INT).