This week we have the choice to talk about what we love about our debut novels or what we love about writing in general. I’ve already gone on at length about why I love writing, but I’ve rarely confronted what I love about my own book – at least not in such a blatant and forthright way.
Since it’s just a little over a month until publication now, this would be an excellent excuse to remember what got me so excited about writing The Perfect Assassin. Not that it’s easy to forget, but the wheels of publishing are huge and take a long time to turn and it’s been a solid two years since I was in the midst of writing that book.
But you know me by now and I never come at these things straight on. So instead of just writing about what I love about my book, I’m going to write a little love letter to each of my main characters:
Dear Amastan –
You have come so far and you don’t even know the half of it. Time was, you were only a side character in another book, and now you have your own story! I wouldn’t have it any other way, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know you so much. You are so much stronger than you know and you’re going to do some pretty cool things. You are the rock your cousins need. You got this.
P.S. I’m so sorry.
Dear Menna –
I admire your ambition and focus – it’s going to take you far in life. I’m sorry about the contract sitch, but hey – you’ve got a cute girlfriend. I know better than to mess with that, lest I get a sharp metal present between the ribs in a dark alley. You put on a devil-may-care air, but I know underneath you really do care, and you care deeply – about ‘Stan, about your cousins, about your family, about everyone. That’s beautiful.
Also wow, you know how to fight.
Dear Barag –
I hope your wife doesn’t take this letter the wrong way, but you are such a delightful, kind human. You really look out for everyone, especially Amastan, and he needs that. It can be hard to be the husband of the Serpent and the only one in the immediate family who hasn’t stabbed anyone (recently), but you maintain your integrity – and your historical records – without any problems. You’re an amazing role model to each generation.
P.S. Tamella, I know you’re reading this.
Dear Tamella –
Can I be you someday?
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