Several people asked yesterday whether I had planned on the Senator being the one who hurt Mars or if the idea appeared while I was writing.

To be honest it was a little of both. After I introduced Mars to everyone, I began to think about his injury and how he could have received it. I thought it would be a neat twist to have what Noah’s father wanted be something other than the first folder Lord gave Noah. Then I thought about all those stories where the person who hated the main character for being gay or whatever turned out to be the very thing he hated the most, but I didn’t want to do that. I didn’t want Noah’s father to be gay.

My brain started turning and I hatched the plan to make the Senator a man who took the whole BDSM thing to the extreme. It was no longer a healthy kink, but something that turned violent and deadly. He gets turned on by the blood, violence and causing pain. Figuring out rent boys could take a whipping better than the prostitutes he frequented was a bonus. So he’d beat the rent boys and sleep with the whores. The secret-and I am revealing a plot point here-is the good Senator has killed a few of the rent boys.

Mars popped into my head while I was writing that part and I realized that the scar on Mars’ neck came from the Senator. It would give Lord another even more personal reason for taking the Senator down. I really get the feeling that revenge for his own shooting isn’t the true reason Lord is going after Noah’s father.

So you see, when I write, I have an idea of what I want to happen or where I want my characters to go, but how they get there is as much a surprise for me as it for you, the reader. I let them decide what’s best for them or what works for them instead of me forcing my opinion on them. Though sometimes it causes an argument…lol…in my head.

Hope everyone enjoyed a glimpse into how I write. Have a great weekend.

9 Responses “Writing….”

  1. Jambrea says:

    PS…We were talking about you today on the Chatting with Joyfully Reviewed site. MLR Press was talking today. 🙂 Of course I had to tell them that I LOVE your writing. 🙂

  2. Jambrea says:

    Thank you so much TA for that incite. I had the same thing happen to me on the story I just finished. I knew I wanted something to happen, but it surprised me who ended up doing the act! 🙂

    Melissa & Yvonne…I too thank you and your soldiers. 🙂

  3. Gina, Book Dragon says:

    Thank you for the insight.

    Melissa? Yvonne? Thanks to you and your soldiers for all you do.

  4. Melissa Bradley says:

    Thank you so much Yvonne. I will do that.

    TA, thanks for the beautiful thoughts. And you know, my characters usually slap me upside the head when I’m getting it wrong. lol

  5. T.A.Chase says:


    I’ll keep your special soldier in my thoughts while he’s gone. And thank him for me as well. All those who serve and their families deserve special places in Heaven for their sacrifices.

    The weird thing for me is when I have an argument with a character and then I realize that the character is right…lol

  6. Yvonne says:

    Thanks Guys!
    Melissa-can you email me at ybmoore3044@gmail.com. I would love to pass on any info that Robert has.
    (Sorry T.A. for using you as a message board, but I don’t know how to reach other bloggers-because I don’t have one of my own,)

  7. Melissa Bradley says:

    I’m so happy for you, Yvonne! I have one who is headed out to Afghanistan shortly-he’s been home from Iraq nearly a year.

    Thanks for the glimpse into your writing style TA. I do something similar with my own characters and I do sometimes get that argument going in my brain.

    Have a great weekend!

  8. T.A.Chase says:

    I’m glad to hear your soldier made it home okay. Tell him thank you from me for all he’s done. 🙂

    I’m not sure if the character wants to do something different from what I want or what yet. He appears for brief seconds before disappearing again. I’m about ready to tie him up and force him to stay. 🙂 The story’ll get done regardless of how much trouble he causes me. lol

  9. Yvonne says:

    Thanks for letting us into your think tank. You mentioned in a earlier post(last month)that one of the characters in the next Dragon book was not behaving. Is this the kind of’argument’ that is going on? Does the character want to do something different than what you had planned?

    Have a great Memorial Holiday. My soldier made it home ok, so this is a special holiday for me 😀


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