I’m right around the part in the novel where it’s time to introduce what I think is going to be an unpopular decision (I hope I’m wrong). But it needs to happen. And I hope I wrote it in such a way that it makes sense to everyone, even softens the blow somewhat. I admit, I’m a little nervous. Beta feedback should be a fun time.
This wouldn’t have been the first time. I remember when I first put the words down breaking up Kevin and Rachel, the main female character from A Witch To Live. I don’t remember every single scene I’ve ever written (I’m just not that good ) but some of my favorites (and not so favorites) stick out. That scene is one of them. There was nothing terribly special about it. No action happening, just a conversation between Victoria and Kevin in a mall food court. A vampire and a witch, talking about life, and Kevin drops the bomb that Rachel and he are no longer a couple. Nothing dramatic, nothing Jerry Sprinter worthy. They’d simply grown apart when she went to college. That scene felt very real to me. I don’t think it’s common that a couple fresh out of high school stay together forever. Adding a supernatural element to the mix can only make things harder.
I got quite a few emails from people about how that affected them. No one likes a breakup. Hey, it affected me, too. That was tough to write. But for those who happened to have read the Damned and Cursed series knows how that turned out.
To be honest, though, I still toy with the idea sometimes of bringing back Rachel. Not in a oh-no-love-triangle-who-do-I-choose way (I hate those). I just like her character.
So, Witch’s Kurse, I hope the direction is liked, or at least understood.
Even if it’s not, we’ve got Jack being Jack, a new character I’m having a blast with, who happens to like howling at the moon, and a certain witch may show up. Good stuff.