Chapter 2 was a rough one to write, but I had to make the case for April and her brother Sep (short for September) pointing a gun at Joel Larson so he’ll marry her. Originally, I planned to make this a comedy, but after chapter 2, I can’t. I was also supposed to have Tom Larson side with April (because of all the times Joel bugged him in the past books), and to a point, I think he will. However, I don’t think Joel is going to be as eager to hold out on being with April once he finds out what happened in chapter 2.
I think Joel might want to help April, but I’m not sure he’ll want to be the one married to her. With this book, I’m not sure exactly where it’s headed, but I have figured out why April’s creepy brother-in-law is trying to marry her. I wasn’t sure about that detail until tonight as I was finishing chapter 2.
I don’t write with an outline. I have the basic plot and the first two or three chapters. Sometimes I have an idea for a couple of scenes in the book. I know there’s a happy ending. But until I start writing, I don’t really know what will happen in the book. I believe they call this “writing by the seat of your pants,” and it’s the only way I know how to write. I’ve tried outlines, but usually in chapter 3 the outline veers off tangent and I end up with a totally different story than I outlined.
For example, in Eye of the Beholder, there was no Neil Craftsman. I was writing chapter 2 when I thought the story might be enhanced if I added Neil. From there, I added Cassie. Then I had to write His Redeeming Bride to give Neil a second chance, and I wrote that synopsis out for Harlequin before I wrote it. (I tried to publish Eye of the Beholder and His Redeeming Bride with Harlequin Historical but was told I didn’t have enough conflict between the hero and heroine.) I even planned for Sarah to be wary of Neil up until the middle of the book and then she was supposed to find out her sister ran off to be with Neil, he dumped her, and then her sister committed suicide. (Remember that Sarah had an older sister her first husband was supposed to marry but didn’t? That’s why.) But that storyline didn’t feel right when I hit chapter 3. In chapter 3, Sarah was softening up.
Let’s just say this: I don’t do couples in conflict during most of the book very well. So whatever conflict occurs in the book, it’ll have to come from someone else. I can see Tom giving Joel a hard time about something, though. It’s just in Tom and Joel’s relationship to give each other a hard time. The other Larson siblings don’t have that kind of fun relationship. I admit, I love it when Tom and Joel are in the same scene. 😀
I’ll see if I can get an interview up with April tomorrow.