Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Natural Instincts Reviews
Some nice reviews for Natural Instincts are starting to come in. HERE is one from Prism Book Alliance that I found very touching. There is nothing quite like the feeling of knowing someone "gets" what you were trying to do.
The reviewer commented on how my point of view character is mute, which is unusual and sets up a real challenge for dialogue in the book. I had attempted doing it a long time ago in a story that is buried in some filing cabinet now, and I'd always wanted to try it again. When Natural Instincts started taking shape in my head, I decided that this was the story in which to attempt it.
In a way, Natural Instincts is a rewrite of that long ago story -- it was about two guys going camping together in Canada and falling in love with each other on the trip. (I also had one of them lose a filling in his tooth and have to hunt up a dentist while on vacation. I have to say that my romance plotting has improved a bit since then. A lost filling? Really? Yuck!) But one of the guys loved to lie on a picnic table at night and gaze up at the stars.There was no loon in the story, but there was a pretty lighthouse. Anyway, that's how my mind hangs on to things and rewrites them years later with elements that probably only I would recognize. (And I just remembered -- the main character's name was Kyle! How weird is that! I swear, I only thought hard about that story just now, but clearly it was always there in my unconscious. Proof that writers are the most bizarre creatures in the universe, right?)