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Denying her love for her childhood friend, Jeff, Trinity visits her family’s ancestral land, believing the Wild family magic has called her there to meet her soulmate. Instead she finds danger at every turn, but she won’t have to face it alone.
Jeff has loved Trinity his whole life, but settled for friendship after she broke his heart on prom night. Now this soldier turned firefighter faces the supernatural to protect Trinity and convince her once and for all that they belong together.
“Trinity, I know you and I will never be a couple, but I will always be your friend. That means I can’t let you come up here alone to meet this guy. If he’s the one for you, if he’s safe, then I promise you that I will back the hell off and will never interfere. Just let me stick around until you’re sure everything is okay.”
“You’re on vacation, Jeff, and you work hard all year long. Don’t you at least want to relax and do what you want instead of wasting your time babysitting me?”
“You don’t need a babysitter, and if there’s a chance you might not be safe up here, then there’s no way I’m going to enjoy myself.”
“You think about me too much.”
“We’re friends. I’d be worried about any of my friends in this situation.”
Trinity raised an eyebrow and smiled knowingly. “So if your buddy Carl from the firehouse was up here to meet the woman of his dreams, you’d follow him to make sure she wouldn’t slip poison into his beer?”
Jeff’s expression stiffened. “Fine. Make jokes. I don’t care. Once we meet Mr. Right and he seems like a normal guy, I’ll go.”
She shouldn’t feel guilty about poking fun at him, but she did because she knew he cared about her. She cared about him, too, and he was right. No matter what happened, that would never change.
Do you agree with the adage “Write what you know”?
Write what you know. That famous (infamous?) saying can make or destroy a story.
The outcome depends on how you use the advice. If I had to write what I know, not only would I be bored out of my mind, but I wouldn’t be writing in my favorite subgenre. Since I can’t possibly know any werewolves, aliens, demons, angels, or vampires, most of my stories wouldn’t have been written. Even my contemporary and historical romances focus on characters who have had experiences that are different from mine. I write and read to get away from reality, so writing what I know in a way defeats the purpose for me.
On the other hand, once I decide to write about something I don’t know, it’s time to do research. Most times I read and use the Internet, but I also talk to people who have experience in subjects I don’t know about. Sometimes I take a class to get a feel for something that involves my character. Museums are also a great source for research and inspiration.
With research, you can write a story about something you didn’t know, but have since learned about. This type of planning works as well for stories that ask readers to suspend their disbelief as it does for more realistic stories. For example when writing about vampires or aliens, it takes a lot to plan the background for their paranormal world.
How do you feel about writing what you know? Do you think writers should keep to writing only about the things closest to them, or do you think researching exotic and even fantastic topics allows them to create great stories as well?
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Kate Hill is a vegetarian New Englander who started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Since 1996, she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas, and novels.
She prefers to blend genres, and she loves horror and a happily ever after, so her books can be a bit unusual. If you're looking for romance with witches, aliens, vampires, angels, demons, shapeshifters and more, there's a good chance you'll find something to your taste in her backlist.
When she's not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, and watching horror movies. She also writes under the name Saloni Quinby.
Website: https://kate-hill.com/ Blogs: https://kate-hill.com/blog/ https://kate-hill.com/compellingbeastsblog/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kate-Hill/e/B002BLS7OW Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kate-hill Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16157.Kate_Hill Twitter: https://twitter.com/katehillromance Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/KateH02