Welcome Author Joan C. Curtis
Contact Links: www.joancurtis.com
Bio: Joan is an award winning writer who has published 5 books and numerous stories. In her newest mystery/suspense novel, The Clock Strikes Midnight, we meet Janie Knox, a tormented young woman who escaped her home and family after a jury convicted her stepfather of killing her mother. Full of twists and turns, readers learn of a trail of long-hidden family secrets that plague the lives of both Janie and her older sister, Marlene. Not until the last page do all the secrets reveal themselves and the web of lies finally release its hold on the two sisters
Book Title: The Clock Strikes Midnight (no cover yet, book coming Fall 2014)
· Blurb: At age 17, a week after a jury convicted her stepfather of killing her mother, Janie Knox packed all her worldly possessions in a single duffle bag, hopped on a bus, and vowed never to return.
As the clock ticks away, Janie’s uses her last days to right the wrongs that have haunted her for 20 years. She faces more than she bargained for when she discovers her sister’s life in shambles and her stepfather a formidable foe.
The Clock Strikes Midnight is a race against time in a quest for revenge and atonement. This is a story about hate, love and forgiveness.
· Book Buy Links: Coming Fall 2014! To be released by MuseItUp Publishing
· Guest Post: How Do You Develop Characters?
Recently an interviewer asked me the question, “What’s your process in developing your characters?”
When I start a story, I have a protagonist in mind. That person becomes my main character. I have a vague idea of who some supporting characters might be, but many pop up as the story progresses.
As an example let me take you back in time with the early days of The Clock Strikes Midnight. I began the novel with Marlene in mind. It was supposed to be a story about a woman going through a mid-life crisis. Well, Marlene had other ideas. She took me down an entirely different path. Wow! It was amazing. As I worked with Marlene, other characters emerged. The first being her husband, Peter. But, it wasn’t long before Peter took a backseat and Marlene’s sister, Janie, surfaced. I had no idea that Janie would turn out to be a bad little teen. She was the polar opposite to Marlene. Where Marlene was the good little girl growing up, Janie rebelled. The contrast was fun to write, but again not what I had planned. It didn’t take me long to realize I couldn’t plan. My characters had their own ideas.
This kind of evolutionary writing makes for an editing nightmare. It is, however, the only way I know how to write. I have heard other writers who have had similar experiences. Yet, there are also writers who know their characters and their story before they start. For me, the process of writing, of creating enables me to let loose and allow the characters to emerge.