ALLEGIANCE, the fourth book in my Penton Legacy series, which comes out on Tuesday June 10. YAY! Throws confetti!
I can take no responsibility or blame for this book because a strange phenomenon occurred during its writing. One of my characters took it away from me.
Now, you writers out there know what I'm talking about. Characters, as if they exist independently of we who theoretically created them, will often take over a scene and twist it in a different direction or do something we didn't expect or tell some secret we didn't know. It's a really bizarre thing that might relate to mental illness or stress. I'm not sure.
Anyway, this is the first time a character just flat-out STOLE a book from me. *Robin Ashton, I'm looking at you.*
Robin, who was supposed to be a minor character, walked into her first scene naked. "You can't do that," I told her. "These are vampires, they don't know you, you're 5-2 soaking wet, weigh less than my right leg, and you have to wear clothes when you wander out of the woods."
She told me, in no uncertain terms, where I could go. I knew then she was going to be trouble. BUT I prevailed. She wore a tank top and jeans.
"You're going to surprise them when you walk out of the woods, and it'll be funny because they don't know that their new recruit, Ashton, is a woman. Just be nice; you need to make friends with these guys."
She slinks up to the 6-foot-8 Scottish behemoth vampire who's head of Penton security, the man known as The Slayer, and announces. "I am your worst f***ing nightmare."
The scene went downhill from there, and included much cursing, punches being thrown, blood spilled, and TMI all over the place. She was the only one who ended up on her feet.
Okay, I thought, maybe she got it out of her system. No permanent harm was done. We can move on to the next scene I had planned, which did not involve her.
And then she spotted Cage Reynolds, my British hero, who was a psychiatrist in his human life before being turned vampire during World War II. He was minding his own business, standing in the shadows and marveling that this fierce little woman had the nerve to take on The Slayer.
Uh oh. I knew that look in her eye. She wanted him.
Darn it. I had plans for him. "For crying out loud," I told Robin, "Cage is trying to sort out this mess of a relationship with a married woman he's carried over from the last book. He can't deal with you."
"I can do things that will make his head spin," she said, watching him with predatory interest. Did I mention that Robin is a golden eagle shape-shifter? She is a predator by nature.
"Cage isn't roadkill you can swoop down and consume," I said reasonably. "You're already friends-with-benefits with Nik, the sexy Greek-American Army Ranger. Isn't that enough?"
"I wonder what it feels like to be fed on by a vampire?" she said, ignoring me. "I'm going to find out."
I don't know exactly at what point I gave in to the inevitable and just let Robin dictate the rest of the book. So don't blame me; blame her. I'm off to find more cooperative characters.
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BIO: Novelist currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (urban fantasy, Tor Books) as Suzanne Johnson. Writing as Susannah Sandlin, author of the Penton Legacy (paranormal romance) and Collectors (romantic suspense) series from Montlake Romance. See my author website for more info!