Last Friday, I was up to my eyes in edits for #6 in my Dylan Scott series. I took a five- minute break to check Twitter and one tweet made me snort with laughter. The tweet in question was from our own lovely Maureen Miller (aka Gladys) who included me in her #FollowFriday suggestions and described us as future world leaders. At that time, I couldn’t have led the way out of a paper bag but I was more than grateful for the laugh.
I continued with my edits. Deadly Shadows, coming to a device near you in October, has a few dead bodies in it and my editor had expressed her regret that one particular character, a young girl, had met her end. I’d enjoyed writing the girl’s story and I, too, was sad to see her die. We all know, however, that in crime/mystery fiction, the good as well as the bad are murdered. Besides, there was no way round it. We’d have to live with it.
Cue sleepless nights. I thought about giving the character more flaws. That way, I reasoned, readers would be less upset about her death. Nope - it didn’t work. Cue yet more sleepless nights and long, long walks with the dogs. From nowhere the germ of an idea came to me. Maybe, just maybe, there was a way round it after all.
It has involved a lot of rewriting, a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but I’ve found the way round it. Now, as much as I like killing people off in my books, I’ve discovered that it’s even more exciting to bring them back to life.
Deadly Shadows still has a fairly high number of dead bodies but the young girl lives. Yay!
So Glady’s tweet wasn’t as laughable as I first thought. Not only can I murder people in the most cunning of ways, I can bring them back to life if I so choose. What power! Barack Obama? David Cameron? Bill Gates? Pah. As soon as I’ve had a coffee and a cupcake, I’m going to lead the world!