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How I Accidentally Wrote a Love Triangle

It’s been two and a half years since my last blog post. Believe it or not, I plan to get back to writing here on a regular basis. You don’t have to believe it yet; I hardly believe it.

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be a good time to post about my accidental love triangle. I’ve never talked about this in public before.

If you’ve read Girl of Flesh and Metal, you may have noticed that Lena, the main character, has two guys with romantic interest in her. I never intended to write a love triangle. As I do with most of my stories, I sent an almost-complete version of the book to beta readers to get their thoughts.

In that version, Lena breaks up with Jackson in chapter one, meets Hunter shortly thereafter, and never looks back. My plan for the trilogy was that Jackson would retain his interest in Lena and would become a growing source of conflict.

My beta readers hated Jackson.

I always take issue with movies where the main character and their significant other break up in the beginning, and they were terrible together. I wonder how they stayed together prior to the events of the movie. How were they ever attracted to that person who is an absolute horror and obviously wrong for them? Immediately, my suspension of disbelief is tested.

I didn’t want to write that story.

When I revised the book before publication, I changed virtually every word out of Jackson’s mouth. Lena still breaks up with him, and he’s still a cocky, arrogant jerk. But he’s a cocky arrogant jerk who loves Lena, knows her well, and wants what’s best for her. My goal was to make him a believable ex-love interest.

Unfortunately, I liked the new Jackson. Suddenly, Lena had two viable love interests.

Whenever someone mentions the love triangle in the Flesh and Metal trilogy, I cringe because it was an accident. That being said, throughout the trilogy, the two boys provide thematic contrast, and I love how that worked out.

I’m not telling you how it ends.

The State of Things: March 2020

It’s March 23.

That means there is exactly one month until Girl of Flesh and Metal hits the shelves. But if you’ve been following along you know that already.

What else is going on?

I’m revising Good Luck and Bad Juju, which is the first in a trilogy about cursed sisters. One of them has to die.

The youngest sister, Raven, sees how the curse has affected prior generations. Her mother survived, but her aunt died. Her grandmother survived, but her great aunt died. Raven sees her mother and grandmother mourn every day, and she doesn’t want that for herself.

She thinks the real curse is to be the one who lives. She’ll do anything to save her sisters, even if it costs her own life.

I’m hoping to get Good Luck and Bad Juju out this fall, and then I’ll turn my attention to some sequels! I already have outlines done for Smooth Vibes and Ill Fates, the sequel to Good Luck and Bad Juju, and for Clash of Flesh and Metal, which—you guessed it—is the sequel to Girl of Flesh and Metal.

Which one should I write next?

Cover Reveal: Girl of Flesh and Metal

I am thrilled to show you the new cover for my upcoming young adult science fiction novel, Girl of Flesh and Metal.

Thanks so much to J Caleb Design for the artwork. I came to him with little more than a description of the book and the main character, and he put together this amazingness.

Without further rambling, here it is, followed by the book description. And BONUS: It’s already up for preorder—and at a discount. If you’re so inclined, you can scroll to the bottom of this post for the link to get it now.

It was supposed to help her—not turn her into a monster.

Now, Lena’s stuck with this cybernetic arm, and her friends are terrified of her.

And maybe they should be.

The arm’s artificial intelligence takes Lena’s thoughts to the extreme. It acts when she doesn’t tell it to, even when she’s asleep.

Ever since she got the new limb, she’s been sleepwalking and waking in odd places. To Lena, this is just another example of how CyberCorp—her parents’ company and the manufacturer of the arm—screws up everything.

As the rollout of CyberCorp’s new android approaches, a murderer targets children of the company’s employees. And thanks to her sleepwalking, Lena doesn’t know what she was doing during the murders.

When the evidence points to her, Lena decides to prove her innocence—or her guilt.

You’ll love this fast-paced young adult sci-fi because the twists and turns will keep you flipping the pages.

Grab it now at the preorder price.