My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. – Anais Nin
When I first began writing Prudence back in 2011, it was a hardcore romance. You know: boy meets girl, girl hates boy, boy wins girl, they fall in love, something comes between them that seems insurmountable but they manage to overcome it and live happily ever after.
That’s where Prudence began. At first, Prudence (nicknamed Pru) was swept off of her feet by the quintessential bachelor — the ones often found on the pages of romance novels — rich, powerful, strong and desirable. What came between them was her desire for another man and the life she believed he could offer her — children, family, home. That story is in my trunk. I doubt it will ever see the light of day.
Why? Because that’s just not how life has been for me. Life has been messy — not nice and neatly formatted with a predictable destination. For me, life has been a true journey through a minefield, one in which I never know where the road is going to bend, detour, sink, decline, elevate or implode. There were times when a mountain blocked my path and I had no real idea how I’d get around it, so I had to climb the doggone thing. Figuratively speaking, of course.
So, in November of 2012, I set out to rewrite Prudence. It still has the mood of romance, but it’s a whole lot messier with quite a bit of secondary stuff happening. It was so much secondary stuff happening, I could no longer label it romance. I was saddened by that. Yet, I think it’s a better story — even if you think you might have the ending all figured out. By the way, even I was surprised by the way it ended, and I wrote it!
As one of my writer friends once said, “romance is about the journey,” and that’s what I hope I’ve done with Prudence. I hope I’ve created a journey that’s mixed with real life and honey dipped romance.