Monday, October 07, 2013

Guest blog Kane’s Bounty by A.S. Fenichel

Who’s in charge of the story?

Once upon a time, I wrote a book where the heroine was raped by the son of a “friend of the family”. It was a terrible scene and I cried while I wrote it. When my mother read the book, she was outraged.

“How could you do that?” she wanted to know.

I told her, “I didn’t do it. It’s just what happened.”

“What do you mean? You wrote the book.”

I explained. “Yes, but I just set the plot, which comes to me from I don’t know where, create the characters and then they tell me the story.”

My mother looked at me as if I’d lost my mind. I know she thought I was nuts. I believe that over time she has come to understand. At least I hope so.

So, who’s in charge of the story? It’s not me. I sometimes wish it was, but those characters will not do anything that is not in their makeup to do. I can’t make them and if I did, you wouldn’t believe it anyway. 

Every now and then, I’ll be reading a book and the hero or heroine will do something that seems so out of character. I always think to myself, did someone influence the writer? Did her agent tell her she needed to cut a big chunk of story and in order to make the book work she added the piece I didn’t like or believe?

I gave a workshop not too long ago about adding conflict to a book. I taught how to storyboard your book on a whiteboard. So, I do outline to some degree, though sometimes the characters still go off the reservation and do what’s in their nature to do. During the workshop, I put different shapes on the whiteboard to indicate external and internal conflict. I call the external conflict “mean author”. Those are the things that the author throws at the characters, mean things that add interest and set the stage for what happens next. 

Everything in the other shapes (internal conflict) is what happens in response and is out of my control.

Kane’s Bounty came to me as an image of Kane in the bar in Savannah watching Lena his mark interact with a man of questionable morals. I also knew that a second bounty hunter was going to rush in and create a mob scene in the bar. I didn’t know that Kane would swoop in, toss Lena over his shoulder and carry her halfway across the city like a sack of potatoes.

I had no idea how Lena would react or that Kane’s nature would compel him to do everything in his power to keep her safe. I thought he would follow his cannon of rules. I didn’t know that he had an even deeper set of rules governing right and wrong. I just love that about him. J

You never know how a character is going to react until you put them in the situation. I think this is true in life as well as literature.

Thank you, Roxanne for inviting me to be your guest here today. I’ve had a great time sharing a little bit about my writing process with you and your readers. 

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Kane’s Bounty
A.S. Fenichel

Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Date of Publication: May 8, 2013

ISBN: 9781419945052

Number of pages: 163
Word Count: 55,103

Cover Artist: Syneca

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Book Description:

Telepathic bounty hunter Kane has one rule—never get involved with a fugitive.
It’s a simple assignment with good money at the end. Picking Lena up is no problem. Protecting her when her ex-husband, mercenaries and another bounty hunter threaten her turns into the fight of their lives.

Together, the Stones of Adeline and Lena are powerful magic. She never considered the complication of the sexy bounty hunter and her undeniable desire for him. Their paranormal bond will need to be strong if they’re to survive together.

About the Author:

A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She’s never looked back.

A.S. adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.

Multi-published in both erotic and historical romance, A.S. has 5 books currently available and three more under contract with Ellora’s Cave Publishing.

Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the East Texas with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, and puttering in her garden.

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Stormy Vixen said...

Kane's Bounty sounds like a really good book. Thanks for sharing it and the giveaway. Congrats on the completion of the tour. evamillien at gmail dot com

A.S. Fenichel said...

Thanks for following the tour, Eva. Good luck with the contest!