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Hidden Identity

1017468_10153870870980386_1048444126_n     When I started writing Missing Lily, my only objective was to tell Lylin’s story. I started my brainstorming by sticking her in a bunch of random (and usually uncomfortable) situations to see how she would react. I ended up coming up with several different ideas that involved some sort of a hidden identity theme. I think the reason I enjoy that idea so much is that the first meeting between hero and heroine starts with a blank slate. It sets aside any preconceived notions they might have and allows them to meet each other without that filter.
     In that sense, I think it can allow for a more genuine first impression. For Lylin specifically, she’s able to experience what it’s like to be treated as a person, instead of as royalty. We all want to be appreciated for who we are, not what we are, and I think we can all agree that that might be difficult for someone in the public eye, whether it’s hundreds of years ago or today.
     So, it’s a good thing on the one hand—clean slate, no preconceived notions—but on the other hand, when a character not only withholds their identity, but denies it and creates a different identity, that builds in a bigger complication. It then becomes not a case of mistaken identity, but of intentional misleading, of deception. When that deception is discovered—as, of course, it will be—then what? There are so many outcomes, so many reactions a character could have. There will almost always be anger from the person who was deceived. But how much anger? And for how long? Will the person doing the deceiving be apologetic, groveling, and begging for forgiveness? Or will they refuse to acknowledge any wrongdoing, maybe even blame someone else?
     I love working with the inherent tension in a hidden identity situation. There is endless potential for strong emotion, character growth and plot development.
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  1. stephanie stephanie

    The greatest compliment I can give you is that I would let my daughters read your novels. In a genre saturated with unrealistic, scrappy, and rash heroines, love triangles and toxic relationships, it was refreshing to read your books. I want my daughters to read about strong, independent, and brave women that are also kind and tender and both Ella and Lilyn are great examples. I want them to read stories in which the love between characters is forged through trials and forgiveness, as well as adventures and flirting. I enjoyed the novels immensely and look forward to sharing them with my daughters.

    • Thank you so much! I’m so happy that I was able to write something that moms are happy to share with their daughters. I know it’s a tough thing to find books that don’t give us pause for one reason or another.

  2. Peggy Peggy

    I’m so glad I found you! Keep them clean and keep them coming. There’s a lot of us that love romance without needing to peer into people’s bedrooms for details. Is there somewhere to sign up to be alerted when your next book is out?

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