I’m celebrating two milestones right now. One of them is the first birthday of my adorable little son. *throws confetti* Happy birthday!
Here’s the second milestone: I’ve finished the manuscript of Doctor and King! What does that mean? It means I’ll be revising and editing for a while. Also, after I’ve finished revising, I’ll be looking for beta readers.
What is a beta reader? Well, a beta reader is super special. They get to read a book before it is published, and give vital feedback on whether the story flows well, or if there are gaps or places that are confusing or boring. (I personally enjoy beta reading.)
Some fun facts about Doctor and King:
- This is the first time I’ve written an entire novel in first person. It has been fun and challenging to do something different.
- This is also the first time I’ve attempted a major romance thread in a story… I am so not a big romance person*, so that was really tough for me. (Fortunately the characters are similar in personality to myself and my husband, so I kind of based the dynamic between them on my own romance.)
- Here’s how I came up with the plot: I asked myself how a fairy tale like Sleeping Beauty could have originated in real-world circumstances. So, this is kind of my re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty with no fairies, magic, or spindles. Volia! Doctor and King was born.
*Side note: My mom and sisters were going to watch Ever After, a Cinderella re-make movie, and I wasn’t interested. They convinced me to watch by telling me that the main character climbs a tree in her underwear. (Underwear was totally modest in those days.) I caved and watched the movie.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m a sucker for happy endings. You probably are too, if you’re like most people. It’s ingrained in us—love wins, the hero overcomes, the bad guy is soundly trounced. Preferably after an epic battle. Why is this outcome so important to us?
Enter: The Master Story.
What is The Master Story? It is the basic blueprint for every Happy Ending story every made. The hero (or heroine) finds himself facing a devastating problem. Through many difficulties, misunderstandings, and confrontations, he (finally) faces off with his nemesis, appears to almost lose, then miraculously pulls off a stunning win!
Works every time. We love The Master Story because it conveys meaning. Our humanity craves meaning, thus, we are drawn to The Master Story.
I know what you are thinking. “What about Rogue One? That was a sad ending.”
Actually, I would make the argument that it was a happy ending. True, the main character dies at the end, but she accomplished exactly what she set out to do—she redeemed her father’s legacy and brought the war-torn galaxy an important gift: hope. Jyn Erso fulfills her goal and leaves us with the satisfied feeling of closure that accompanies a happy ending.
My verdict? The ending of Rogue One was happy. And that is an important thing.
Behind every book there is… an author. (I knew that.) Every author is unique, and each has something to tell you besides the adventure they’ve crafted for your enjoyment. What worldview can you expect to peek back at you from between the pages?
Lucky you, I’m going to ‘splain to you what this particular author is all about.
First and foremost, I believe in Truth. When I write, I try to distinguish the truth from a lie. That doesn’t mean my characters are perfect–it just means that the “moral of the story” will always be in line with Truth.
Secondly, I believe in Happy Endings. (Yay!) I’m just predictable that way. I might try to make you cry along the road, but our destination should be inspiring. (The reason I believe in happy endings is too long to explain here, but I will talk about The Master Story in the future.)
Lastly, I believe in using a dash of humor to brighten the mix. I’m not a comedian, but wherever you have an adventure story, there will be drama, and wherever there is drama, there will be ample opportunity for those awkward situations that bring us a few giggles. I mean, what’s life if you can’t laugh once in a while?
I hope you enjoyed this brief look into some of the things that are important to me while I write. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some writing to do…