I’m a reader and writer who loves tension in books. I love that nail biting, heart pounding time when you’re going “Oh my God, will they make it?”.
When I’m writing, I need that tension, that ending in sight and the pain that gets me there. When I’m reading, it keeps me turning the page. What kind of tension am I talking about?
Well, it could be something big like murder, stalking, kidnapping…etc. Or something small, like a dream that they can’t wake up from. Or maybe something more internal like the entire idea of a romance between the hero and heroine.
With BLURRED EXPECTATIONS, my tension came from external and internal forcers. Externally, I have an enemy from Josh’s past who’s out to prove to the world that werewolves exist.
Internally, I’m past the idea of my triad getting together. Reed, Hannah, and Josh, met and fell in love in TRINITY BOUND, but through A NIGHT AWAY and ENFORCER’S REDEMPTION, fans noticed that the three were breaking down because of their lack of a child. I knew this and I’d known what was going to happen.
Don’t worry, I like happy endings.
But the internal struggles of Hannah trying to remain together while she felt like a failure because she couldn’t have a baby hurt to write…but don’t worry…she’ll be okay.
The internal struggles and tension within Reed and Josh while they stand helplessly beside her tugged on my heartstrings.
But don’t worry…they’ll be okay.
It’s the journey and the pain that adds tension.
Something I need not only as a writer, but as a reader.