Dastardly Plots Are Afoot

Juli Page Morgan, author of romances that rock - stories about rock guitar gods and the women who love them

I’ve been feeling like I should look like this lately….

I’m working on my third book right now, and it’s getting a little scary up in here.  No, it’s not a horror novel.  Like my other Romances that Rock ™ it has the hot couple and the happily ever after.  But it’s going to be a wee bit different, and this is coming as a huge surprise to me.

I’ve been working on the book a while now (it was supposed to be the second book, but it got totally derailed by a couple of characters who asked – nay, demanded! – to have their book written first) so it’s been sitting in its file, patiently waiting for me to get back to it.  I don’t know what this book has been up to while it waited, but I think it might have hacked into my Netflix app and started watching Heathers or something.

I always knew there was going to be a murder in the book.  It’s one of the first things I thought of when I started writing the book in my head (which is my way of plotting and outlining since I cannot do that kind of stuff on paper.  At all.)  Imagine my surprise when I was just sitting there, writing along, and boom! someone else bites the dust, too.  I mean, I’ve heard of killing your darlings, but really?  I don’t kill my characters, and now they’re dying like flies.  (Well, only two flies, but I’ve never really heard a number assigned to that particular phrase, have you?)

What’s worrying is that I found it rather cathartic.  Well, killing off one of them was, anyway.  This character is a real douchenozzle and it was with a sense of glee that I offed him.  (He’s the one I planned on dying anyway.)  But the second one was hard to write.  I liked this character, and his death came as a complete surprise to me.  It really added to the story, though, so I bid him a teary adieu and went on with it.

I tried to explain to someone today how my characters do what they want to do, not necessarily what I want.  He just didn’t get it, and kept insisting that since I wrote the book then I was one who “made” the characters behave the way they did.  As he spoke, I heard gazillions of authors around the world laughing like hyenas.  Like we can actually make our characters behave (or speak or feel) the way we want them to!  Because if I could direct them around like a Master of Puppets, my likeable character wouldn’t get snuffed in this current book.

I don’t control my characters at all, and this bunch I’m dealing with right now have taken full advantage of this to turn dastardly.  It’s going to be a wild ride, and I can’t wait to see what else they’ve got up their collective sleeve!

Oh, and I wanted to give you an update on the interview I recorded over the weekend.  It’s going to be on Books with Benefits on April 3!  (Don’t worry – I’ll remind you again.  You’ll probably get really tired of my reminding you, but I’m excited about it and I don’t want you to forget!  🙂 )

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