For those of you who’ve read Falling In Love With Her Husband (the first romance I ever wrote), you’ll recognize the name Kent Ashton. He was the man Ann Statesman was in love with. She wanted to marry him, but when the scandal of his relationship with Rebecca was exposed (Rebecca was pregnant with his child), he had to end things with Ann. From there, he did some shady things that made him the villain of the book.
Well, the other day, someone asked me if he ever changed his life for the better. The answer is yes. After Kent went to Ireland, his uncle showed him tough love, and because of this, Kent did change his life around. I always saw a happy ending for him, though I hadn’t figured out the specifics on what happened to him. I’m thinking his time in Ireland led him to a conversion experience, and when he returned to the United States, he decided to become a missionary. Given his tainted past along the East Coast, he opted to go as far west as possible, California.
So I was thinking, as he’d be going to California, he’d probably pass through Omaha since Omaha was a big central hub for travel back in the early 1900s. And who happens to be in Omaha but the Larsons? And considering the time period he’d be making his trip, it’s possible that one of Dave and Mary’s daughters could be old enough to marry him.
I’m thinking of bringing him into the Nebraska Romance Collection. Nothing is definite yet. But it’s something to consider.
Anyway, as I was driving on a country road this morning, I was thinking of Kent and why he did what he did in Falling In Love With Her Husband. In that book, we’re only given Ann and Todd’s point of view. We really don’t know why Kent did what he did. We can only guess. Honestly, I never got in his head, so I didn’t know his point of view. (Some characters speak to me and some don’t. Kent was one of those quiet ones.) I only knew he changed his life around after he got to Ireland.
What I’d like to do is explore his point of view in Falling In Love With Her Husband to get a better feel for him. I’ll be doing this on this blog, but I’ll do it as the inspiration strikes. I can’t force his point of view. It has to come to me. We’ll see how things go in the upcoming weeks. 😀