To Kill or Not to Kill…
About a month ago, I was halfway through writing the third book in The Borders War series, Powerless, and I’d come to a crucial scene where I had a big decision to make… To kill or not to kill one of the more major characters.
If you take a look at my writing thus far, I don’t have a very good track record when it comes to saving lives versus taking them. So I’m not even going to pretend that it was my kindness that kept this character alive. Truthfully, you have the band Bastille, a long road trip in an uncomfortable car, and SJD Peterson to thank that this character didn’t end up biting it in a really gruesome way.
Authors make thousands of these types of decisions in each book. Most aren’t as monumental as life or death, but each one builds upon the others to construct (hopefully) characters that refuse to be forgotten and narratives that demand to be devoured.
Here’s the part I never could have anticipated, though. Since that decision was made, this character’s story has developed into a shockingly perfect arc. I cringe when I think about the nothingness that could have been if I’d gone ahead with the original plan.
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An Immoveable Solitude – Januray 2014, preorder December 2013
Tread Marks & Trademarks – December 2013
Powerless (The Borders War #3) – Spring 2014
I sleep little, read a lot. Happiest in a foreign country. Twitchy when not mentally in motion.