I’m a pantser. Now some of you may not know what that means so I’ll explain. Basically it means I don’t plot or have an outline on how I want the story to go. I let the characters take over and I’m merely along for the ride. However, that does mean that sometimes the story stalls. There are many reasons this can happen but whenever it does, I’m always stumped. I sit in front of my computer, in a state of confusion, wondering what is going on with the story. Perhaps I gave the characters too much free reign. After all, I’m the writer so I should know when they need to be guided into a different direction.
Well when I wrote the first draft of Winning His Trust, this exact thing happened. It was like pulling teeth trying to add chapters. After awhile (read 20k words written), I decided I had started my story in the wrong place. So in agony, I deleted the words. (Okay, so not really. I saved that draft in a file for just in case purposes but I never used those words again). I started fresh. I started in a new place.
And it worked.
Suddenly the words flew out of me and WInning His Trust was created as it is today. It’s so much better, the banter was so much fun, and the adorable five-year-old added many delightful moments to that first draft. Now that the book is out in the world, I find myself feeling a little lost as to what to say. I have so many emotions about this book.
Should I tell people that this single dad (Declan Porter) just wants to provide for his son. Not just financially, but in love too. After all, his son (River) was abandoned by his mom and Declan feels inadequate in raising a child. Or should I tell people that my heroine (Jordan Wood) always thinks people are judging her and she’s coming up short each and every time. That she wants to be someone people can depend on but unfortunately her past doesn’t offer experience in that department. Or should I tell you that my fictional town of Willow Springs, Arkansas offers a respite from the world, a nature-filled getaway for relaxation, and a cast of secondary characters that keeps you coming back for more?
Since I’m not sure just exactly what to say, I’ll encourage you to check out the StoryChats podcast (Episode 112) I did with the awesome ladies of InspyRomance. And I’ll entice you with a giveaway. ;)
Now for the giveaway. I’ll be happy to give the reader their choice of a paperback (US only) or ebook (US or international) copy of Winning His Trust. For a chance to win, please tell me your favorite outdoor activity in the comments. Comment by 03/13/23, 11:59pm PST and I’ll pick one random winner.