Thursday Writing Quote

I’ve always strived for two sometimes seemingly contradictory qualities in my novels: the inevitability of the conclusion so that the reader, upon reflection, can see the shadow of the end suggested in the beginning; and the illusion that the writer and the reader are discovering the same things about the story and characters at the same time. ~ Robert Campbell

A Snippet from A Dark & Stormy Knight

New releases always come with sneak peaks. It's part of how authors try to entice readers. Don't hold it against us. It's a fine line to walk. I try to pick amusing moments, but at the same time, I don't want to put the best of the story out there either. I never want anyone to feel the way I sometimes do after I see a movie, as though I'd already seen all the best stuff in the previews.

So with that in mind, this snippet comes from the middle of the story. Georgia has done a favor for Tommy, a guy she and Sol went to high school with. Tommy is in the process of getting a divorce, and Georgia has begun to feel as if they're friends. This occurs in Tommy's living room.

They laughed together. As their laughter cycled down, he bounced their still-clasped hands lightly against her thigh, and suddenly, his hand holding hers didn’t feel so chummy.

Before she could find a genteel way to withdraw, he pulled her into his arms. Her body went stiff then relaxed. It was only a hug. Friends could hug. She put her arms around his shoulders and hugged him back. After a few seconds, he loosened his grip and she drifted away. She answered the smile on his face with one of her own.

See? she told herself. Friends.

Then he leaned in and kissed her.

Oh, hell.

If his arms had been made of galvanized steel, he might have been able to hold onto her, but the next thing she knew, she’d shot to her feet, leaving him alone on the couch, his arms still shaped for an embrace.

Hope you enjoyed it.

BTW, A Dark & Stormy Knight is now available on Barnes and Noble and other outlets.

Thursday Writing Quotes

When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don't mean utterly, but kill most of them ~ then the rest will be valuable. ~ Mark Twain