I guess it doesn’t come as a surprise that Dave Larson won the poll I ran a long time ago. At least it seems like it’s been forever since I ran the poll back on August 11. I can’t believe it was almost a month ago. Anyway, 80% of the votes went to Dave. He also won when he was in a poll I ran way back when between him and the other heroes in the Nebraska Historical Romance Collection.
I think it’s safe to say that of all the heroes I’ve written, Dave will always be the favorite.
While his ego was big before, I’m afraid now it might explode.
Dave Larson: Don’t be ridiculous. My ego won’t explode. However, now I have an even better reason to come to you with a letter–
Ruth: Of your demands?
Dave: No. It’s a letter to acknowledge my status as the best hero you’ve ever written.
Ruth: I fail to see the difference since there’s bound to be a demand or two in it.
Dave: *rollls eyes* Ha ha ha. I suppose you think you’re clever?
Ruth: Well, sometimes I do manage to make people laugh.
Dave: I hate to say it, Ruth, but this isn’t one of those times. However, this isn’t why I’m here. I came here to read my letter.
Ruth: Okay. Go ahead.
Dave: To everyone who voted for me, I extend my deepest thanks. To those of you who didn’t, I’ll assume you really did but there was a glitch in the system that made it seem as if you voted for someone else.
Ruth: *snorts* You wish. Maybe the glitch made it seem as if people voted for you when they didn’t.
Dave: Anyway, as I was reading… I think this historic moment–
Ruth: One would hardly call a poll voting on heroes historic, Dave.
Dave: When you are a character, it’s all you have. Now let me continue. I think this historic moment should send the author a clear message, and that is that people want to see more of me–
Ruth: What did I say about the ego, guys?
Dave: You didn’t let me finish. I was going to say “people want to see more of me and Mary” to the end of that sentence. We all know without Mary, I would not have been the kind of hero I am. She brings out the best in me.
Ruth: I won’t argue that one.
Dave: Why do I sense a subtle putdown in that comment?
Ruth: *widen eyes innocently* I was only agreeing with you.
Dave: *not looking convinced but turns back to his letter* That all being said, I can’t help but wonder if there will ever be a third book. Will Forever Yours ever be written?
Ruth: That all depends on you, Dave.
Dave: Me? I’ve been wanting you to write this book ever since you finished To Have and To Hold.
Ruth: That might be true, but you’ve never told me what the first chapter of the book should be. I can’t write anything if I don’t have at least the first scene in place. As it is, my mind is blank.
Dave: But you have other scenes in mind.
Ruth: True, but I don’t have the very first scene, Dave, and that’s the most crucial scene there is when it comes to starting a book.
Dave: Can’t you start the book at chapter two and go back to chapter one?
Ruth: No because chapter one might change the rest of the book.
Ruth: I can’t explain it, but as soon as I start the first scene, the story takes on a life of its own. I’ve tried outlining, plotting, and writing ahead. None of those work for me. I have to start the book and let it evolve. Did you think you were the original hero I intended for Eye of the Beholder? Nope. In the beginning, it was supposed to be Neil Craftsman.
Dave: No way!
Ruth: Way, Dave. Way.
Dave: But that would have been horrible.
Ruth: Well, not really. Originally, Neil was supposed to be a good guy. But as I was writing the story, I thought it would make more of an impact if the man Mary came to marry rejected her. So I needed the man who would marry her instead and you were created.
Dave: Even if Neil was the good guy, he wouldn’t have appreciated her as much as I do.
Ruth: We’ll never know because it didn’t happen. So you need to tell me what’s in the first scene before I can write Forever Yours. The ball is in your court, Dave. 🙂