SKYE FALLING has been out about a month now and I am thrilled and thankful at the response it’s gotten so far. Thrilled because as a debut author the fact that people are buying it and finding it an entertaining read is extraordinary to me, dream-come-true amazing, holy moly pinch me, well you get the picture. Thankful because it makes me feel like I’ve done my job as a writer – tell a good story, elicit emotions, and make the readers fall in love with my characters before closing the book with a satisfied sigh.
Not every part of this process was dance in the daisy fields. Some days were more like trying to walk through boot-sucking mud. There were times that Skye, usually very loud and clear in my head (much like she is in the book), went silent. I’d be writing and rewriting passages within scenes, trying out one reaction after another yet none of them were…right. Weren’t true to the character. Sometimes I’d almost convince myself that this was an impossible task; to figure out what a character pulled completely out of someone’s imagination would say/do/think in specific situations. How did I ever think I could do this?
One night I went to bed, thoroughly disgusted by my pages done that day and as I laid there in the dark I started the troublesome scene in my head like a movie and changing the endings, dozens of times. If Lake does this then Skye would do this but what if she did this? Or what if he does that? I’d follow that trail, because that’s exactly what it felt like, to how that change would ripple through the story. And repeat. The next morning I woke up and had my scene where Skye wakes up chained in Lake’s bed and it was perfect.
That brainstorming just before sleep (sleep-storming?) worked more than once for me but by then I was fully immersed in Lake’s and Skye’s journey and knew them very well. The process of writing the story got easier because they ceased to be strangers.
Someone recently asked me once what my favorite things about Skye and Lake individually and as a couple. It took me a long time to answer but here’s what I came up with:
Skye is awesome. She’s funny and smart and always trying to outwit her opponent. That fact that she’s not very good at acting (or keeping the Fae mask on) makes me love her even more. Lake, well, I just plain adore him. He’s a smoking hot wolf completely unprepared for the whirlwind that is Princess Skye, so I love the way he adapts and accepts her but doesn’t let her pull any of her sh*t, either. I can't imagine them with anyone but each other, so that’s a darn good team. Five stars as a couple!
It’s not the happy endings that keep me reading and writing romances. It’s the falling; falling in love with the characters as they fall in love with each other. I hope your readers enjoy Lake’s and Skye’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it.