There have been times when I’ve rewritten an entire book from front to back. After going through that with two separate books, I vowed never to do that again and started plotting out all my books in advance. I’ve had huge success with this change as well as revising as I draft. Very rarely now days will I have to rewrite scenes during edits or cut chapters out, but Her Fallen Protector (Entangled Publishing, 2015) went through the wringer.
But with every release, I learn something new, and it was with this book, I learned things that completely changed the course of my career. So here are the elements I had to edit out or revise before release day:
Not everyone enjoys torture scenes like I do. I’m not sick in the head. I promise. But, man, do I like to torture my characters. And not just emotionally. I have a torture scene in Let Me Out (Beyond the Page Publishing, 2013), one in White Trash Beautiful (Evernight Publishing, 2012), as well as an upcoming romantic thriller. But I realized (after some pushing from my editor) that those scenes can be triggers for readers, especially in a romance. So an original scene, which included torturing my character Rachel in order to get Vdarra to cooperate with the demons, was cut from the manuscript. [Read more…]