Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Changing your Mind—It Happens by Jen Wylie

Join me in welcoming my guest author, Jen Wylie to my blog today as she shares some thoughts about her debut novel, Sweet Light.  Jen is a stay at home mom with two darling boys. When she's not reading or writing (or editing) she putters about with various crafts. She lives in Ontario, Canada.

We all do it, we decide one thing and then for some reason or another we change our mind. It could be a little thing, like what we are going to wear to town. It could be a big thing. Some decisions are fast, spur of the moment types...others may be slow and agonizing.

To keep things real in writing you can't have characters who always decide something and then stick with it. It's just not natural. Well, unless your character is just made that way. I've seen comments on books complaining how the character couldn't make up his or her mind...this is natural though. As long as reasons are given and it's well written it will work.

In my debut novel Sweet Light, my main character Shara changes her mind more than once. Some of this is due to her age and innocence, her inexperience. Sometimes she just doesn't know what to do. At times, she even knows she is making the wrong decision at the time.  With three men vying for her love, she certainly has some decisions to make.

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Samantha Vérant said...

What a gorgeous cover. I know, I know, you can't judge a book by it's cover, but still! I'll have to check Jen's book out!!!

Stephen Tremp said...

Agreed. My characters have change all the time. Situations change and they need to adapt. Or die. Good luck Jen with Sweet Light!

Nancy Stewart said...

All the best of luck with your debut book. It sounds great, and I love the cover!

All best wishes to you with your writing career.

kathy stemke said...

Thanks Samantha, Stephen. and Nancy for stopping by.

Karen Cioffi said...

Jen, your new book sounds wonderful. And, it's true, just as we change gears so should our characters.

Best wishes for your book's success!

J. Aday Kennedy's Brain Fart Explosion said...

I guess that's an example of truth in fiction. lol
J. Aday Kennedy
The Differently-Abled Writer & Speaker
Children's Author of Stella the Fire Farting Dragon (April 2010)

Ciara said...

LOVE the cover. It definitely draws someones attention.

Jen Wylie said...

Thanks so much to everyone for stopping by! And yes, I love my cover too! ~grin~ I get to see my book in print for the very first time this weekend at Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago, I can't wait!
Thanks for your support!
Happy reading (and writing!)

Big sun shiny hugs!

Talli Roland said...

Sounds fantastic, and what a gorgeous cover! Good luck, Jen!

Connie Arnold said...

Thanks for sharing this, Kathy. It's a beautiful book. What a problem to have - three men vying for her love!

Donna M. McDine said...

You have me hooked with the book cover, haunting. Changing one's min is a constant. Some good changes while others are not.

Good luck.

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