Countdown: 6 days


You may hear authors being told they have to kill their darlings (no, I’m not talking about killing real babies), but having to cut their favorite scenes (although sometimes it can mean cutting a paragraph or even a favorite line. In this case I had to kill my beloved first scene of the very first draft.

The original draft started with Chad walking up the path through a graveyard dealing with all the angst roiling inside him. I actually cried while I wrote it and immediately fell in love with Chad and knew I had to tell his story. That scene played through my head for days and nights, for months. I loved it — no, let’s say it properly…I LOVED LOVED LOVED it. I loved it so much that even when I knew the story wasn’t working and I cut back to the bare bones to start again, I kept that scene in the second permutation. And the third. And the fourth. And the fifth. Until I finally sat and stared at the screen and admitted to myself that it had to go. Because that wasn’t where the story really started.

I finally realized Chad and Lauren’s story didn’t start the day Lauren came back into his life. It didn’t even start the day Lauren left. It started the day Chad realized that the life he thought was perfect really had shadows…It started with the scene that they both keep playing back in their head and question their own actions–both of them wondering if they’d done something wrong, missed something important. I’m really interested to see how many people pick up that very first deception — although it probably won’t be picked up until at least halfway through the book. Once I cut that graveyard scene and wrote that perfect night that quickly turned to hell, the rest of the story finally flowed properly.

But there is a tiny homage to that first scene in the trailer…

One day, once people have had a chance to read Deliberate Deceptions, I’ll tell you which photo has a special significance to me…