Hello!! Lindi here.
It’s election day in the USA. And no, we aren’t going to be talking politics here, but how about we hold our very own election?
But first things first. I’d like to congratulate Mary Vaneverbroeck! She won the $5 Amazon gift card. Please email me at authorlindip (at) gmail (dot) com.
I’ve engaged a lot of reader input lately for the novellas I am writing. I participated in a couple of FB parties and some of my winners got to do things like name a city they love and that will go in my book. Also, for the very first time, I chose a heroine’s name from a list of names readers provided during the party.
It’s a bit freeing for me. There are certain things I don’t normally give over, if you will, to anyone. Names being one of those things. But I’m currently writing the heroine that the reader named, and my gal is growing into her name. I wondered if it would be hard to write to a name I didn’t come up with, but so far it’s working out.
But I do have a situation in the story and I was wondering if all of you could help me out. My gal used to be a nanny. She cared for an infant. In my original idea I had the whole family die in an auto accident. (This happens before the book starts.) But as I was writing I wondered about that. As a reader how would it make you feel knowing a baby died. So I’ve been thinking about this a good bit and wondered if I should change the backstory to having the parents die and the infant was whisked away to another state by one set of the grandparents. My gal has no claim on the baby and she vows not to become close to any baby for a long while. Of course she moves into a house where the guy next door is a single dad of, you guessed it, a baby. So, this is all in the first chapter, so I’m not giving spoilers.
I usually write upbeat fun-loving type books. I have friends who write amazingly emotionally wrought books. I like reading them, but I’m not sure I’m the one who needs to be writing them. Even though this families death takes place before the book starts, I’m still sad, as the writer, to even think about a baby dying. So that’s why I tried to come up with another scenario. But then I’m wondering if that makes my heroines issue seem unreal. Ugh!! Right? Such a quandary as the book is due soon. :)
This is where I need you to vote.