Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Character Surprise by Leann Harris

I've been working on a new proposal and had the plot and characters in mind. As I finished the first scene, a woman--a female Army veteran pushed her way into my story. She'd been injured while in Iraq and was at the equine therapy ranch for help.

Her appearance surprised me. She came out of nowhere. She didn't tell me her name or how she was injured. And I have no clue what she looks like or any of her background. Well, my female vet continues to want to pop up into the story. She's the first one who appears on scene. I keep ignoring her. Not yet, I tell her.

I know she'll make an appearance in the book because I won't be able to hold her off for the entire book. And she'll probably get her own story, but as I keep telling her, this isn't her book, so butt out.


Lyn Cote said...

I've had that happen to me too, Leann. But the unexpected woman must be there for a reason. You just haven't discovered it yet!

In my 2nd LI, my heroine's grandmother was deceased. But in chapter 2 my heroine decided to drive into town and visit her.

I said, "You can't do that! She's in the cemetery."

She said, "Nope. She's at the nursing home."

And my heroine was right and grandma was not your warm cuddly gram. She turned out to be the villain. Quite an unexpected turn of events!

Leann Harris said...

Lyn, I know she's going to be in this book. How, I'm not sure right now, but she will.

Janette Bennett said...

I love it when that happens! As long as I'm not too far into the story ...... *grins*

Rose said...

sounds very interesting