A Fight Between a Character and the Author
When I was writing Under Her Wings, I became consumed. I thought about my characters twenty-four-seven. Consequently, when I went to bed it was still rolling around in my brain. It takes me about two days to write a chapter. I had finished a chapter that day and was proud of it when I reread it.
That night I went to sleep and dreamt of my character Edward. He was all bent out of shape because he didn’t think the chapter should go that way. I can remember auguring with him and defending my position.
Edward was very hot under the collar actually using his fingers to count off all the problems. I thought he had a lot nerve considering I created him. I told him ultimately the choice was mine. The next day I got to my office sat my butt in my big comfy chair, put my coffee in its rightful place and got down to work.
Before I start a new chapter, I always reread the chapter before to get my flow. While I was rereading it, I could hear his voice in my ear pointing out all the flaws in what I had written. By the end of the chapter I contemplated murdering him off in the next scene.
Frustrated beyond belief because I couldn’t tune out his voice, I decided to rewrite the chapter his way. When I was done, I compared the two chapters. I hate to admit it (I mean REALLY hate to admit it) Edward was right. Edward became extremely smug. It was all I could do not to write in a group of thugs to beat the stuffing’s out of him in the next chapter because he wouldn’t let it go. Edward felt he had done such a good job that he needed to give his opinion in every book in the Sista series.
I know this all sounds absolutely certifiable but the world I create is real to me at the time I’m writing it. If I want you to see what I see and feel what I feel than my book has to become my inside reality. I have learned to trust that inner voice even if I don’t always agree with it.
I shouldn’t be surprised Edward and other characters since I ended his series are authoritarian with me. I create characters I would like to be friends with. They aren’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but they are strong, caring and above all loving. Although Edward was the bane of my existence while I wrote the series, some days I miss him.
Wait! What the heck am I saying, I don’t miss him. I wish him and wrote him a happily ever after, but I’m glad he’s his wife problem now and not mine.
After reading Under Her Wings check out my website annemariecitro.com and see all the places Gabriella, Liam and Edward live and visit in Scotland. These are my pictures from my travels and it’s fun to see if you pictured the places like the real thing.
Title: UNDER HER WINGS (Sistas #1)
Author: Anne Marie Citro
Pub. Date: August 1, 2016
Publisher: Anne Marie Citro
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Under Her Wings
Wishing for death while living through hell, Gabriella is rescued off the rocks of a Scottish loch at the lowest moment of her life by the hot, humorous Edward and the sexy, staid Liam. The two men nurse the despondent woman back to health while teaching her how to pick up the pieces of her life. Both are captivated by her and vie for her attention.
Friendships are formed and secrets revealed. One man will become her lover, while the other becomes her best friend. Together, they have a past they cannot change, a present they must live through, and a future yet to be discovered. However, every time things appear to settle down for the trio, fate deals another blow, testing their trust and faith in each other and the love they have created.
Gabriella discovers the beauty of Scotland and life anew as she learns that trust is a two-way street that can either strengthen bonds or destroy relationships. Will she accept all that she learns or continue to believe she is betraying the memories she ran from?
I was born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada. I grew up surrounded by a large, loving family, and I am married to a wonderfully patient man.
He is the love of my life.
We have four very cool sons that I love and adore! The girls they have brought into our family that have become daughters of my heart. I have also been blessed with a beautiful granddaughter, of course, after raising four boys...
I have my own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich my life on a daily basis and make me laugh until I cry. Caesar Friday is my favorite day of the week; that's Caesars with the girls and date night with the hubby.
I love the arts and have tried my hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, my husband is a very patient man! I am an avid reader, burning through about three books per week.
But nothing makes me happier than riding on the back of my husband's Harley and throwing my arms out and feeling the wind race by. We work very hard, so we can take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destinations around the world.
I worked with the most incredible group of special-needs teenagers, and they taught me how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes. My husband has encouraged me to follow my lifelong dream of being a writer. I've really fallen in love with the characters that take over my imagination and haunt my dreams.
I am so excited for this new journey and can't wait to see what the next chapter holds for me in life.
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