I have entered that stage in my latest novel when the characters take over from me as the writer. They have started to decide what they are doing and it is that decision-making process that is propelling the book forward.
I thought that I knew Evie, but she is showing me new aspects to her character, motivations and backstory. And, boy does she have a sadness at the centre of her being.
So, I’m writing this book and it is telling me what to put down on the paper. It all fits into the way that I set about the business of creating stories; I have an idea, give it time, then watch it grow. There is a typical germination period of about 8-10 years during which time my characters lay dormant within my laptop. Once that time has elapsed, and that is dependent on the direction of the breeze, I return, open up the box and breathe new hope into them.
In Underground, The Story of Eve, I am writing in first person, female perspective and it has changed the way in which I write. Where Adam from AWOL was sharp and fast, Eve’s is a story of rebirth and wonderment. It’s a tale that precedes AWOL and gives more historical background whilst developing characters who may have previously functioned on a thin dimentional level.
It should be finished for early in the New Year and I hope that it gets a good reception.