I’m not quite sure why, but I like unexpected stories. If I think back to when I was young, one of my earliest recollections connected to a movie – to a hero – was Peter Pan. I wanted to be Peter, not Tinker Bell. I wanted to fight pirates. To this day, my heroines are warrior-like women, strong and kick-ass. In other words, they fight the pirates, the villains, the bad guys.
As I prepared to re-release my second published novel, GHOST DANCER, my partner-in-crime sent me an old review she found on the book. The one comment that struck me was that it was different than other stories; the heroine was living with the Sioux Indians, not the hero. Yes, that is what I do, or at least try to do, create stories that are unexpected.
Am I warrior-like and kick-ass? No, not at all. That’s the beauty of writing. You get to live vicariously through all the characters you create, be everything you aren’t in real life. As my mind begins to craft my characters and construct a plot, it takes me down the less traveled path, and in to a world my imagination creates, and sometimes it’s bizarre, even off-the-wall.
Is it believable? I hope so. Is it true to life? I hope not. After all, that’s why they call it fiction. And the reason I write it. It takes me away from the everyday and into the unknown. Will my books inspire and change the world? I certainly doubt it. But my purpose is to give the reader something they weren’t expecting, and hopefully an enjoyable read.