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Story Plot Assault: aka "I See Fictitious People!"
Okay, I'll admit it. I hear voices. I feel slightly schizophrenic at times. I can't control when a story idea comes blasting through my cerebral cortex. I see fictitious people.
Usually it starts with a simple thought. Sometimes it's a what would I do if I were in a certain situation? thought. Sometimes it's a what would happen if... thought. But once that thought creeps into my head, it insidiously worms it's way into my inner office, the place where my inner muse lives and writes.
The plot idea then spins out of control. Characters are born, fully clothed, adult characters for the most part, with flaws and weaknesses and strengths. These characters tell me what happens. Often in detail, even at this stage, they'll describe who they are, where they are and what's about to happen.
They're very persistent, these fictitious people. If I try to ignore them, they scream at me day and night. "Cherish! You have to write about us! We have a story to tell and it's going to be a good one!" Sometimes they'll try bribery. "Cherish, if you write our story, I bet it'll catch the eye of a major publisher and they'll offer you a five-book deal and a 2 million dollar advance." Sometimes they wait patiently, whispering their plot in my ear until I finally take notes.
With Lancelot's Lady, my two main characters Rhianna and Jonathan spoke to me a couple of years ago. They had a funny yet suspenseful story to tell about their passion-flamed romance on a tropical island. I quelled their voices by writing most of the novel. Then I filed them away and they slept for a few years. Until one day they woke up. "It's time!" Rhianna told me. "You can tell our story now."
And when Winston Chambers, my evil, blackmailing private investigator, started wheezing in my ear and making me flinch, I knew that he'd add the right amount of tension to this love story. Winston makes sure that Rhianna and Jonathan have to go through hell to find a piece of heaven.
They've all stopped yammering at me to finish their story now that it's done, though occasionally Rhianna whispers, "I don't think I can wait until September for people to read about me." I explain to her that anticipation is what makes the world go round and that everyone is anxiously waiting for Lancelot's Lady. "Be patient," I tell her. "Once people read about you and Jonathan, they'll experience an exciting, heart-stopping, romantic read that will leave them wanting more."
A new heroine has popped up in the inner office of my mind. "Cherish, do I have a story to tell you! It's about how I lost everything in an apartment fire, including my shoe collection and my boyfriend. And then I lost my job and―" "Okay," I interrupt her. "Yes, I'll tell your story. Soon. I promise."
Lancelot's Lady ~ A Bahamas holiday from dying billionaire JT Lance, a man with a dark secret, leads palliative nurse Rhianna McLeod to Jonathan, a man with his own troubled past, and Rhianna finds herself drawn to the handsome recluse, while unbeknownst to her, someone with a horrific plan is hunting her down.
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You can learn more about Lancelot's Lady and Cherish D'Angelo (aka Cheryl Kaye Tardif) at Cherish website and Cherish D'Angelo Blog. Follow Cherish from October 3 to October 10 on her Cherish the Romance Virtual Book Tour and win prizes.
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