I think most authors know those magic times when the stories flow so quickly out of our mouths (if we're dictating) or fingers (if we're typing) that we can barely keep up. It's a wonderful feeling. Or that moment when a character surprises you by doing or saying something you really didn't expect and that definitely wasn't in your synopsis!
My latest book 'Chalet Girls' is quite different from the original pitch to my editors. One character's story thread took a very unexpected turn.
I can't explain it. A neuroscientist might be able to, in talking about the complexity of the brain but I prefer to call it magic.
That moment when a story grows wings is probably my second favourite thing about writing. My first favourite thing is when a reader contacts me or leaves a review to say they liked my book or it touched them in some way. I remain constantly grateful to be published and take great pleasure in knowing that the books I send out onto the world are picked up and read. I adore the Roald Dahl quote from 'Matilda', it captures it perfectly:
Roald Dahl, Matilda
What happens when life in Verbier suddenly goes off-piste?
Lucy’s been bowled over by the sexy extreme skier who’s hurtled into her life. But can she accept Seb’s commitment to his adrenaline-filled career?
Trusting any man is out of the question after what’s happened to Beth. So why is she so drawn to twinkly-eyed Dan when he’s leaving at the end of the season?
Sophie’s madly in love with her gorgeous fiancé, Luc. Only instead of gleefully planning the winter wedding of her dreams, all she wants is to run and hide…
Three Chalet Girls are about to strap on their skis and find out!
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