I’ve now broken 20K words in Taking Chase. Tonight I’ll write a big emotional scene between Cassie and Shane – and that’ll lead in to some other emotional stuff for Cassie. The middle of the book is a big emotional obstacle course for her but she’ll survive. She’s a survivor.
This book is about a woman who was nearly killed by her ex husband. I used to work with domestic violence survivors and their children as a legal advocate at a shelter. I wanted to write a woman at some point that encompassed the best parts of some of my old clients. Strong, scared perhaps but they never lost hope. This story isn’t about her being a victim of DV, but her being a survivor. She’s moving on and now she has to learn to trust. And it’s hard – especially when the man is big and bad and wants to protect people like Shane Chase. This is an issue. They both need to learn a lot.
I cheated and stayed up extra late the last two nights to finish Fistful of Charms. I’m not sorry. I LOVED it. I’ll do a review of it later on. My parents are here and things are insanely busy.
I hope everyone is planning on a great weekend.
July 8th, 2006 at 1:25 am · Link
I’m betting if anyone can do this topic justice, it’s you. One of my CPs likes to quilt, and she and her sister take these quilted bags she makes periodically, stuff them with items from their local dollar store, and take them to shelters. She said there is so much wrong in the world but that these kids and their mothers often have this shy, calm quality about them and that you can see in their eyes who is coming to terms with how they came to be there…the ones with the quiet determination to make better choices, to forge a better life. Kudos to you for tackling this subject in a romance.
July 8th, 2006 at 4:07 pm · Link
Oh thanks! What a sweet thing for you to say.
Sometimes my characters have it easier than others. They all have different paths and challenges, I just think that Cassie with her broken past deserves love and romance as much as Lee who doesn’t have that broken past.