Congratulations to Melanie! She’s the winner of this drawing.
Happy Sunday! Today we’re joined by author Adan Ramie. She recently released the third book in her Deviant Behaviors trilogy, Eager Observer. To celebrate, she’s giving away an e-book copy to one lucky reader. Drop a comment in the space below and we’ll draw the winner on Friday, October 6.
Letting go is the hardest part of a writer’s life.
This month marked a turning point in my career. After six years, my suspense trilogy, Deviant Behaviors, has come to an end, and I’m faced with a huge loss. Not only do I have to say goodbye to something I spent countless hours on, I have to say goodbye to all the characters who became like family to me.
Characters Become Friends
Once upon a time, I was a naive short story writer with aspirations to become a novelist and a strange, disjointed story idea brewing in my head. Over a span of about four years, that idea grew into a book called Maladaptation.
I was and am so proud of that book, and I loved the characters I had gotten to know. I had interviewed them and written their stories. They had trusted me with their secrets. They had become my friends.
Friends Become Family
Not long after Maladaptation was released, I realized that the story wasn’t over. Initially, I thought I had been telling the story of one of Maladaptation’s main characters, Lee, but what I knew after reading the book again was that there was more to the story.
Cluster B, the second in the series, came about as I started to explore the characters I thought I knew so well. I realized that one of the characters – Detective Harry Thresher – had a harsher childhood than she had let on, and it was about to come back to kick her when she was down.
She was just one of the characters who had become my friend that I got closer to while writing the second book. Others who had only played supporting roles in the first book suddenly came clamoring to me, begging me to tell their stories. So I did. And as I did, I grew even closer to them, to the point that I now considered all these imaginary people as something like family.
Making Room for More
The third book was bittersweet.
On the one hand, I was ecstatic to say that I had finally finished this series I began over half a decade before. With this series finished, I’m able to open up my heart to more characters I haven’t met yet, and some who I haven’t gotten to know very well. On the other, I was devastated.
I began to mourn the people I now considered my imaginary family while writing the first draft of Eager Observer, and by the time the final touches were put on the finished book, my feelings had come full circle.
I’m still sad to see them go, but I can’t wait for you all to meet them.
That’s why I want to give away a copy of the book! Leave a comment below and the winner will be contacted soon.
Adan Ramie writes romance, science fiction, and thrillers about strong, flawed women who love women. She lives in Texas with her wife, kids, and cats.