Oh dear me…I am still editing Hotel Deja Vu. I put this thing out there on Amazon and it’s still not, 15 months later, where it should be. What was I thinking? Please read the first 5 chapters here… I’ve just now…after sending it off, found a glaringly obvious boo-boo…oh well, you live and learn.
I’ve sent 100 pages to a publisher as part of a special submission drive they have for unsolicited manuscripts so I am working on crucial storyline aspects in case (fingers crossed…) they ask for the rest. My villain, Paula, wasn’t enough of a bitch to warrant the ending I had for her. I was really scared to write her as a villain…I’ve been over that before…pathological need to be liked and all… blah blah blah…
Now, Paula is a massive bitch who experiences no growth as a character whatsoever. She’s a nightmare…so the end works now! Perhaps she will be the Cersei Lannister of my story, rotten to the core and rotten to the end!
Why is it so hard to write a nasty girl? It should be easy; I’ve experienced my fair share of them and I’ve been one on numerous ocassions if I’m being honest. I think I’ve been freed up to write a mean character who experiences little to no growth and makes everyone else’s life a misery because I recently had an apology from someone who introduced a person like this into my life! I think her finally acknowledging her part in the process made me think ‘yeah, sometimes people are not nice and there’s little you can do about it…’ short of getting in a time machine and going back and doing it all again! I think this is why Annaka Harris’ quote touched me so deeply – ‘I’m sorry is related to compassion, regret is related to shame.’ I’ll be thinking about that one for a while.
My next project is about a real nasty girl – Mimi gets away with murder and much more. I am very keen to leave Paris behind for a while (gaaassppp! I know!!) and take my mind back to LA and bring Mimi and her sister Nicole to life. Mimi is cold and calculating, beautiful and famous. What could go wrong?