Release week continues today with a behind-the-scenes look at PIRATE’S ALLEY.
First of all, please head over to author Jill Archer’s blog today. She has a fun feature called “Five Photographs,” so I was able to submit five photographs that represent different things about me, plus answer a fun Q&A. Leave a comment and say hello, and be sure to enter the Rafflecopter for entry into the tour giveaways.
You can also enter at Will Read for Feels, where a review is up today.
This isn’t part of the current tour, but Bambi Unbridled has been re-reading the series and has a review of Elysian Fields up today!
Now, back to Pirate’s Alley.
Behind the scenes? Alex was a real jerk in the initial draft of this book. He was such a jerk, in fact, that I ended up absolutely hating him. One beta reader said he couldn’t be saved. Two beta readers begged me to change it. My editor just shook her head.
I did a big revision, and am much, much, much happier with the way it turned out.
In my own defense, I’ll admit I was channeling some day-job aggression as I wrote this book, and I think for a while Alex became my now-former boss. You know, overbearing and unpredictable and not always honest and somewhat dangerous.
He had some harsh dialogue. Case in point—Alex has just relayed an order from the Elders to DJ, and she’s refusing to follow it:
Alex raised his voice to match mine. “Get your head out of the clouds and face reality. That kid could change everything. What if the fae get their hands on Eugenie and use that baby as a bargaining tool? Or the vampires or the f**ing other elves, for that matter? Are your high ideals worth setting off a war?” He dropped his voice, low and lethal. “Grow up and do the right thing, DJ.”
Don’t you just want to slap him? Yeah, me too. Thankfully, that whole scene got rewritten. This book had very few revisions as a whole, but I did save Alex from letting me turn him into a jackass. (He skates pretty close to it without my help—LOL.) So we can all still love him, and so can DJ.
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