Have you ever started a book and then it ends up changing directions in the middle or ends different from what you expected?
I have this habit of trying to predict what I think will happen in a book, and it’s fun when the author proves me wrong. There are so many things that can happen in a book, so many choices the characters can make. And as an author, I like to blame my characters for a lot of what happens. They are the personality making the choice, so even if I am the author, it’s their story. That has taken me a while to figure out, since sometimes I can’t understand why a character acts a certain way.
Recently, I had this happen in a whole new way. You see, I’m plotting a new cowboy book. Well…I was. I had every intention of it being one book. That’s all I needed for this year was one book so I would have something ready to publish this year. My male and female main characters were easy to identify. But then it got tricky. As I delved into who they were as people, I found out the male main character had four brothers and one sister.
And then, chaos.
Because all of a sudden, all of those siblings wanted a story too.
We are all characters in our own stories, and God is the author of our path. Sometimes, our stories go off track and we end up lost and wandering while trying to make our way back to our story.
I think that’s why I love the messy choices made by some characters as they navigate their fictional stories. It depicts real life and all its messiness.
That is the kind of broken beauty that I hope to portray in this new series of The Cowboy Craze. We’ll see if all the characters cooperate.
Keep reading, friends! And send me ALL of the cowboy books that you think I should read.