>I’ve been writing an epilogue to my upcoming release from Samhain, Dangerous. The epilogue will be offered up free on my website a week after the book goes on sale. When I originally wrote Dangerous, the ending seemed final enough. However, my fantastic editor, Immi Howsen, convinced my muse that the book would benefit from significant changes. With those changes, I realized the ending wasn’t quite so cut and dried after all. It’s not like I left any loose ends that a reader can’t explain away, but there were a couple of things I wanted to delve into. Primarily the hero’s psyche at the end of the book.
Into The Breach Once More
In Dangerous, Lucien Blakemore is under a curse. It’s something that’s haunted him for years, but the heroine eventually makes him see he can come out into the light. But personal experience has taught me that once you’ve been immersed in darkness, there’s always a part of you that will remain in the dark. I wanted to explore that concept with Lucien. I wanted to see if I could take the character back into the darkness and then bring him back out again. It’s not quite as easy as it sounds. I’m not even a 1/3 of the way done with the epilogue, and I’m finding it difficult to yank someone so happy back into the darkness.
A Knife In The Back
Still, I keep remembering a post of Natalie’s titled Killing Your Darlings. While I’m hardly going to kill Lucien, I do intend to put a knife in his back, and that’s not going to be so easy for me. I mean the poor guy has gone through a lot, and now I’m going to make him relive some of that darkness? I know what that kind of a backslide that can be, so writing this won’t be easy.
So how easy do you find it to slice into a character’s psyche or soul? Are you as vicious as Hannibal Lector or are you compassionate like the Dalai Lama?