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Getting Over The Past
Don't you envy fictional characters?
I do. They're usually beautiful (in their own way), loved (by their fellow characters and fans alike) and they always seem to overcome the challenges the author sets for them. At least...that's the way it's supposed to go.
My latest heroine, Isadora "Izzy" Lukin, has a past. We all do, of course. But hers is a little harsher than...well, most peoples'.
As an author, it's my job to throw tough circumstances at my characters. Some say to drop your character into an ocean of great white sharks and watch them swim to safety. Another old adage is put your character up a tree and shoot at them.
Izzy's past is darker than going to prom with a jerk or marrying a lazy bum. Izzy has an impulsive side that's gotten her into trouble before. But two years ago she was attacked, left for dead and saved by vampiress Valencia Fabelle. It was only when Valencia turned Izzy that Izzy got a second chance, the opportunity to put her past behind her and start fresh.
This is the toughest part of my job. Torturing my characters. Creating conflict. Finessing the drama that is their lives. I don't like torture, conflict or drama. (Unless it's drama on the dance floor. Hello new season of Dancing With The
So when Izzy popped into my brain and told me her story I was alarmed. The girl's had a tough life. And as I dug deeper I started to wonder just how I was going to be able to get her over her past.
How does anyone get over their past?
How do we move on when we lose a loved one?
How do we overcome betrayal?
How do we learn to trust again?
What does it take for us to open our heart and believe in love and second
What I discovered through writing Izzy's book is it's all about your attitude and the people you surround yourself with. It would have been so easy for Izzy to become a shell of the vivacious woman she'd once been, but she doesn't. A large part of that saving grace is the women in her coven of vampires (her friends.)
But Izzy also has tenacity and determination. She made herself get back in the game, rejoin the living...er… the undead? It couldn't have been easy. But the best things in life usually aren't a cakewalk. That's what makes them worthwhile.
Izzy's new life as a vampire might have given her a clean break from her old life, but I think she would have turned things around all by herself. She's just that kind of girl.
Do you have your own coven of girlfriends who are there for you through thick and thin? Have you had to get over something from your past? Are you still a work in progress? What helps you move forward in life? What books or authors give you hope and make you believe in happily ever after?
ABOUT SELENA BLAKE
An action movie buff with a penchant for all things supernatural and sexy, Selena Blake combines her love for adventure, travel and romance into steamy paranormal romance. Selena’s books have been called “a steamy escape” and have appeared on bestseller lists, been nominated for awards, and won contests. When she’s not writing you can find her by the pool soaking up some sun, day dreaming about new characters, and watching the cabana boy (aka her muse), Derek. Fan mail keeps her going when the diet soda wears off so write to her at Selena@selena-blake.com
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