When Characters Misbehave
Characters always drive my writing. It's usually a specific character that sticks out in mind when I start thinking about a story. It's a certain piece of them that inspires me to actually sit down and work on writing a book. Typically, I'm what we call a pantser, meaning I have no idea what's going to happen in the story, but I start writing and eventually find out. My experience writing Getting Ahead was completely different.
For months, I'd been thinking about the plot in my head, but I'd been wrapped up in other projects and unable to start on it. When I finally got the time, I realized I had a story, but no characters. Of course, I started writing anyway. I wrote, rewrote, and rewrote some more, but couldn't quite figure out how to get beyond the first chapter, even though I already knew everything that happened in the book. On probably the eighth version of the first chapter, it came to me. Or rather, Amber came to me. She wasn't my typical heroine. She wasn't looking for love or hoping to find someone. Instead, she was perfectly happy being on her own—or at least thought she was. She also had a bad attitude and was quite a smart-ass. At first, I thought maybe she'd shown up at the wrong time in the wrong book. Then I realized she had the exact elements that I needed to make the story work.
Amber is probably one of my favorite characters that I've written. She annoys Colton until he can't stand it, but something about her keeps him coming back for more. Personally, I think it's that he can see that underneath her hard exterior is something more, something softer. He knows the pain that she's been through better than anyone else and wants to help her. I'd tell you more, but then you'd have no reason to read the book.
Getting Ahead Blurb:
Colton is exactly the kind of distraction Amber doesn't want, but he might be exactly what she needs to get back on track.
Recovering from a bad fall during competition, Amber McDonald decides to spend her last week of training before her next rodeo at a Colorado ranch, away from any and all distractions. It'd be the perfect arrangement—if only her fear wasn't stopping her from getting back on her horse.
Then Colt Riley steps in. He's sexy and seems to have incredible insight into her situation, but he's everything she's been trying to stay away from.
Colt knows exactly what Amber is going through...because he's been there before. Forced to give up his riding career after an accident, he sets his mind to helping her get back on track. All that's
easier said than done, especially when she discovers his hidden past. Will his efforts be enough to help her get ahead?
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Emily Cale spent the majority of her childhood as a visitor to the worlds of her favorite authors. With encouragement from her English teachers, she put pen to paper and began imagining her own stories. Preferring the fascinating lives of her characters, she majored in creative writing. When not lost in a manuscript or a good book, she enjoys crocheting, rock climbing, and playing board games. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband and a very spoiled cat.