Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn’t you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well, you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all…… About our writing of course! Every Tuesday we’ll all answer the same questions and after you’ve enjoyed the blog on this site, we’ll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride. Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.
What is the recurring theme in your work, whether intentional or unintentional and why did you choose it?
The theme running through Gemini is the horror of sexual abuse of children. It was unintentional at first, but then when I became aware of it, I used it for the magic of three. For three different characters, at three different stages of life. Usually in the crime/thriller genre there is an underlying theme reflecting a problem in society. Child abuse is a prevalent one. Having been a teacher, and in a position of crisis intervention specialist in the NYC Dept. of Education, I came across this enough times to tear my heart out. In Gemini, my antagonist, a psychopathic predatory murderer, had a history of sexual abuse from the moment she entered the foster care system at four years old. With her persona, she lived a life of revenge and murder, living the motto, “Death to all those who come near me!” This was quite literal. This character, Kellie Wilson, aka Dr. Barbara Montgomery is a stripper by night, School Psychologist by day. I’m not telling you how she makes that transition, but I will say she’s a remorseless killer with a soft spot for kids.
But mind you. Not every person who endured sexual abuse as a child commits murder.
In another persona, a twenty-two year old boy is sent by the courts for community service to the hospital for the criminally insane in which my protagonist works. Under the supervision of forensic psychiatrist, Dr. John Trenton, this character, Bobby, turns around his attitudes and beliefs about himself. He becomes an integral part of the resolution of the plot.
The third character, the real heartbreaker, is the five-year old boy who could pass for cupid. Dr. Trenton meets him in the ER of a Florida hospital the same night he meets the love interest, Vicki. Dr. Trenton goes on to rescue the boy, Ricky, in a hostage situation and three years later adopts him.
How do you plot and why does this work for you?
I talked about plotting last week and that I work more like a Planster. I need to know where I’m going so I plot in the biggest spiral notebook that I could find. I divide it into the five sections. General notes, characterizations, research, chapter outlines, chapter first drafts. I’m what you call a green personality. I need to know details and I’m a visual learner. Don’t tell me how awesome something is going to be. I’ll flood you with questions that invariably you won’t be able to answer. LOL. Give me the facts, data, proof, whatever you want to call it. I’m constantly asking my characters the difficult questions. And heaven help them if they can’t answer them. If a question can’t be answered that means there’s a hole in the plot. I’ll research to no end and print everything out to find the answer. For Gemini, I have about thirteen stuffed folders of research information to make the plot work and be real.
A word about characterizations. You really need to know how each of your characters think, feel, act, and as much about their background down to their conception. You may not utilize all of their background in the novel, but you have to know it. I did an interview with Dr. Trenton, dated 12/11/13 and if you scroll down you’ll be able to read it. He discloses a lot to me about his background that is not in Gemini.
Is there a particular genre in romance you could never write and why?
Oh yeah. I could never write Historical Romance. Ha Ha! I bet you thought I’d say something like Erotica or BDSM. Nope. I like those. All of my novels will be spicy, at the least. But history, ugh. It was my worst subject in school. World History, I flunked miserably. American History, just barely passed. I was very grateful to have the Teacher’s Editions in the classroom. But then again I was teaching Kindergarten to grade five. I knew that much!
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Please continue on to the next awesome writer in this tour. Meggan Connors at http://megganconnors.wordpress.com/blog
The Mind behind The Crime,