For me, each book starts with a character. Some authors may be able to construct their characters and stories to order. I am not so lucky. I can put wishes out into the universe, but they are seldom granted, and usually in different ways than I would have originally thought. For my debut novel, Measure of Devotion, I can still remember the exact place I was standing when Kale first introduced himself to me. I was walking to my closet and BAM, I saw as clear as day the very last scene of what would become Measure of Devotion. Here was a man who had been through a lot. I saw the love in his eyes, the anguish at what he had just been through, and I needed to know how he had gotten there. It was like being a little kid at story time listening to his story unfold. I knew I had to write it.
The sequel to Measure of Devotion worked much the same way, except this time Kale’s lover, Jason, showed up looking depressed at a bar. “What happened?” I practically yelled at him. "More importantly, how are you going to fix it?” So he told me, and Measure of Strength was born.
When I actually sit down to write, the first thing I do is let the character tell their story. I just type. I get their voice, their biased view of the events they're sharing, and an idea of what exactly the story is I’m going to be telling. Then I do the same for the other MC. Once that’s done, I’m able to craft the story from what each character has told me.
I’ve got characters waiting not so patiently to get their turn at the page. Then I have other characters who are just hanging out, a little shy, waiting until the time is right to tell me their stories. My job is to be quiet and listen. I’ve learned the hard way what happens when I don’t listen. Rewrites. Lots and lots of painful rewrites!
My debut novel, Measure of Devotion, is currently free on Amazon, Kobo, and Apple, so if a bittersweet love story between a slave and his master sounds like you’re thing, go give it a try. For information on my soon to be released novel, Haunting Echoes, you can check out my site at http://caethesfaron.com/haunting-echoes.
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