Next post will be about Dave Larson who won the poll I ran weeks ago. (I feel so out of the loop with everything and am still trying to get organized.)
But today, I wanted to talk about Boaz’s Wager, so here we go…
This isn’t the first time I’ve had this happen. I start a book, fully expecting the character to be one way but then the character completely changes on me without warning. The changes are always good. They always make the stories better. I have learned to trust my characters, even when I have no idea where they’re going. (This is why I don’t outline. The changes can come at any moment and until I’m writing them, I have no idea when they’ll happen or what they’ll be.)
So anyway, I introduced Eva Connealy in Isaac’s Decision. She had the crush on Isaac Lason, and Dave really wanted to see her marry him. Except he ended up with Emily Craftsman instead. You know, the more books I write, the more this all is beginning to sound like a soap opera. LOL
Anyway, after writing Isaac’s Decision, I had this image of Eva as being pretty desperate for a man. I figured if I placed her in Boaz’s Wager, then she’d be so relieved she wouldn’t have to confine herself to a teaching contract (and thereby admitting she’d be a spinster forever) that she would be glad that she was sold to Boaz.
I knew she might be a little miffed. Maybe even shocked. I mean, she was sold against her will while men bid on her. But I was not prepared for how angry she got. She felt humiliated and used, as if she was property to be sold instead of a human being with feelings. At least Boaz is aware of it so he won’t be stunned to find out his new bride isn’t happy at all.
And this brings me to something off-topic (but still relating to the book). I’ve decided to send Eva to Montana with Rachel Larson (Dave and Mary Larson’s second child) because she and Eva were close in age, and I thought it would be nice to have Eva know someone from “back home” as she settles into her new life. Eva will befriend Heather (from Mitch’s Win) and Patty (who was introduced in Mitch’s Win and is the heroine in Patty’s Gamble). But I think Rachel will be her best friend. And as it turns out, Rachel is actually happy. Rachel was on her way to be a mail-order bride to some rancher in Jordan, Montana but ended up with Eva in Lewistown, Montana instead being sold to Boaz’s good friend, Herb. (Again, it has the feel of a soap opera when I map out how everyone knows someone else. But that’s why it’s fun to do series and to even mix up characters from one series into another.)
I’m not sure how everything will play out yet. I only know Boaz is only marrying Eva to get a mother for his children and that (for him) this is going to be strictly a marriage of convenience. That’s his intent anyway. Who’s to say how it’ll pan out? I have scenes in my mind between Boaz and Eva, but scenes have changed before based on what happens leading up to them, which is why I don’t like to write scenes out ahead of time. After going through some of these scenes in recent books, I have decided I will hold out on continuing in a book until I know what comes immediately after the scene I just finished. I will no longer try to write ahead. This method works for some authors but not for me, probably because outlining doesn’t work for me. 😀
It’ll be interesting to see how things play out, and that is why writing is so much fun. Characters aren’t always predictable.