In my first novel, Borrowed Things, the main character is looking for a home at the coast. She knocks on a door and a character I had not thought about appears. Then she sends Anne to another character that just appeared in my mind without plan. Most of the characters in that book were based on real people and real relationships. These two were not. But they developed with the story and became every reader’s favorites.
I was encouraged to tell their story from the beginning, and that resulted in my second novel, By Way of Water. The moment it was edited and turned over to the designer, I began to worry. Did I say enough to tell their story? Did I say too much, not leave enough for the reader’s imagination? Does, in fact, the book have something worth saying?
I imagine all writers who really care about their characters and stories ask these same questions. It may be months from now before I have the answers. I will learn from my readers.
I am of an age to be a little shocked that women and men describe themselves physically and emotionally online and even in published newspapers, in an effort to find a date, maybe even a mate. Actually, I think it’s a brilliant idea and may help short-cut the search for compatibility. Or it may simply cause more head-butting into more solid walls.
What does this have to do with my book? By Way of Water takes place in the 1960’s, long before everyone had a computer, much less e-mail. This book tells a story of love found young that grows as simply and tenaciously as a wildflower—until life gets in the way.
By Way of Water is available as an e-book or print book on Amazon and as an e-book on Smashwords.