July 7, 2013
The reader asks the author, “How could you write a novel and not know beforehand what you were writing about?” Fair question.
Simple answer: A writer takes on a story idea that she wants to explore. That’s it! She knows beforehand she’s going on a journey of DISCOVERY—about her characters, about what they will say and do, how they will react to others and to situations. They will surprise the author.
The reader then asks, “What do you mean, the characters will surprise you?”
Simple answer: No invention is born out of a vacuum. The writer draws from her collected observations and understandings of people and makes educated guesses about how they will think and behave. Some of these guesses will pop out at her because they were at work subconsciously.
When the author finishes writing a novel, she realizes that she has developed a large idea, maybe more than one, that worked its way to the forefront. And what I have discovered in my new novel THE WAY THEY SEE was this: Some people live an “unintended” life. By extension, many people live years in an unintended occupation, career, lifestyle, marriage. How do they come to it? That’s the central question. They back into it, thinking they are being practical or wise, or even trapped. They justify it, rationalize it, and stay with it, until there seems to be no way out. How do they get out?
The beginning story idea that I wanted to explore was this: A young couple in love fall into a single misperception about each other and go their separate ways into alternative lives—other than the life they would have had together. The meet again after twenty-five years.
THE WAY THEY SEE is currently at the printer’s, being prepared for the likes of Amazon, Nook, etc., for availability in paperbacks and electronic books.