Dirty Little Secrets
Glad to see you here. Today we’re kicking off our first full week here at the “Embrace the Shadows” blog. In the next few days we’ll be having author interviews, more book give aways, and our very first “Clash of the Covers” contest. So stay tuned!
Today, as the title suggests, we’re going to talk about about secrets. Before I begin, I thought I’d share a little song to put us all in the mood…
By day I’m a research scientist, so in a way my job is to uncover Mother Nature’s secrets. I love digging deep into my work and discovering little fragments of knowledge. Sometimes I’m successful, other times not so much. Either way, Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me. Quite often it’s a small bit of information that causes the other pieces of a puzzle to fall into place. Once together, it creates a clearer picture of our world, sometimes even changing the way we think about it.
So it isn’t a surprise that I approach my writing in a similar manner. I like to break open my characters and find out what makes them tick. In Cursed, my upcoming release from Loose ID, I centered the entire story around a secret. By day my heroine, Spyder, is a normal woman. At night she turns into a killer to survive.
As I wrote the story, I placed all of my attention on Spyder and how she coped with her secret. I was so focused on her that the hero, James, completely surprised me. He had a secret buried so deep inside that even he forgot about it. When it finally came to the surface it threw the story into a whole new direction and added a twist to the ending.
As a writer, I live for moments like that.
So I’m asking all of the writers out there, have you ever had a moment when one of your characters revealed a dirty little secret to you? What was it? Did it take your story in a new direction? Did it make your story better?
And if you don’t write…has anyone ever shared a secret with you? Did you keep it locked away or were you so excited that you shared it with the world? Did you regret your decision?
For those of you who are members of the yahoo group, I’ll be posting the questions of the week here on the blog each Monday. Feel free to post your answers in the comments section. If there’s still interest on Tuesday, we’ll continue the discussion on the yahoo loop.
So, if you aren’t a member of our yahoo group yet – be sure to sign up to be part of the discussion. Do it quick, because Barbara will be having a book giveaway soon and you have to be a yahoo group member to win!