by Lori Beasley Bradley
I have been working feverishly on Book 2 of my Soiled Dove Sagas. This story is told from the point of view of my secondary character, Roxie, introduced in Book 1, The Ruby Queen. In this story, Roxie shoots and kills a man. I wrote into a court scene the presence of the man’s wife and mother. They don’t enter the action – they are just there, as any family would be, in court. Needing to end the chapter with another scene, I had the man’s young wife visit Roxie’s hotel to apologize for things her husband had done.
This lead into another scene where the two women make a connection and Roxie helps the young woman with some plans for her future. What began as a scene turned into a chapter that brought in the domineering mother-in-law. It didn’t necessarily move my story along, but added some conflict, color, and humor.
Life happens and we, as writers, must remember that. We have to add characters who just happen into the story without actually having anything to do with the original plot. In life, we meet people who don’t affect our lives more than through a chance encounter that might add color, conflict, or humor. Adding these pop-in characters gives our stories a touch of reality and believability.
Life happens to all of us. It has to happen for our characters, or our readers won’t become as engaged in their lives as we want them to be. Life happens.
Lori is beginning a new project she is calling The Soiled Dove Sagas. It will be a three-book series about two young women who find themselves taking up prostitution as a way to make a living in the 1870s. Lori’s first book is The Legend of the Swamp Witch. Follow Lori on Facebook or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.