>Are You a Hannibal Or A Dalai Lama

>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?


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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

4 thoughts on “>Are You a Hannibal Or A Dalai Lama

  1. >Hi there, Cathie. Good chatting with you tonight as well. You caught me just as I was about to run down for a snack!! LOL

    The epilogue will be on my website as opposed to here on the blog. But you’ll be able to find it easily.

    As for Dangerous going to print, my expectation is that it will, but I can’t say for certain. I’ve got my fingers crossed that it will.

    It was good chatting with you. I’m starting to spend more time in my BB so be sure to pop in there when you’ve time.


  2. >First it was so good to chat with you tonight Monica and came and saw about DANGEROUS! Wow, can’t wait!

    I’ll be watching here for the extended epilogue. Will that one too be in the print?

  3. >Just call me Dalai.

    I had to be absolutely convinced that my characters would *never* get their HEA unless I completely and thoroughly tortured them before I could finish my first book. It was probably more painful for me than it was for them, too.