July 14, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
Life Lessons in My Books #MFRWauthor
For the #MFRWAuthor 52-Week Blog hop, this week we are talking about life lessons in my books.
When I set out to write a book, I don’t have intentions of throwing a lesson or theme into my book (although many writers that I follow believe that you should pinpoint a theme before you even outline). I want to fall in love with my characters and have their world come alive with descriptions and situations that will test their morality as well as show their flaws, but that comes as the story develops, it’s never in the forefront of my mind. Somewhere in that process of developing my characters and weaving their story, I find them at a crossroads of what they will sacrifice in order to not only live with themselves and hold themselves to the morals I see them having, but also how they go about protecting the one they love.
In Kai, my first book in the Dark Assassins series, Kai is the epitome of tall, dark, handsome, and silent. He prefers to blend into the background and is the last man you would find who talked about anything, much less his feelings. But when Liv comes into his life, his lack of communication not only hurts her in ways that he becomes sensitive to, but accidentally pushes her into danger. He learns the hard way that he can’t keep himself closed off.
In Reaper, the second book of the Dark Assassins series, Reaper takes the hard lesson that Kai learned and when he found his mate, Ara, he told her exactly what he’d felt. Ara, on the other hand, never trusted anyone in her life and when it came to Reaper, she slowly came to the realization that she could depend on more than just herself.
But in my latest release, Unexpected, I found myself in an entirely new realm. Caleb and Ronan, while both single, have always identified as straight. When the find themselves attracted to one another, they decide to throw away any notions about their sexuality and give their relationship a chance. They never questioned why they were with another man, it was the discovery that they loved being with one another and that they were happy together. I again started with a book where I had fallen in love with my characters and I wanted to see where their story led. On top of some unfavorable opinions about their relationship, they also have to deal with a stalker, and their hesitation to express their feelings to each other. But each time another threat loomed, it drew them closer together and their relationship became stronger despite outside forces trying to tear them apart.
I suppose in the end, I like my characters to learn the lesson of sacrifice. What would my characters be willing to do in order to protect or be with the one that they love?
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