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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

LONESTAR ANGEL
Well, I'm already plunging into a new book. I usually take this time waiting for Ami and Erin to get back to me to mull the story over and try to decide where I'm going but I had this idea come to me so fast that I had to at least writing the first few scenes. The scene was a woman about to be married when her ex arrives at the church to let her know that she can't remarry because he never signed the papers. And furthermore, the baby that they thought they lost to kidnapeprs is still alive. If you were me, wouldn't you want to know how that turned out? :-)

I've spoken at several libraries lately and people always want to know if I know the story all the way through when I start. And no, I don't. I've tried plotting it out. Really I have! But it's not any fun to write it if I know what's going to happen. I much prefer to start with an intriguing first scene and see where the characters take me. I get a much richer story that way. Now it might drive Ami and Erin crazy because there is probably more to fix that way. :-) But I get fun layers and unexpected twists that way.

So this is Angela in my head. The hero calls her Angel which she hates. But I THINK she's going to start liking it. Want to brainstorm with me? I'm still figuring out why someone would kidnap their child then come back to taunt them 5 years later. Clay is special ops so it might have something to do with his job. And Angela's family is wealthy so it might have something to with her. I'm open to ideas! Denise and I are going to have 6 hours in the car to brainstorm on Thursday as we travel to St Louis so any suggestions you give me now will be super helpful!

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Colleen Coble  
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At 11:20 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Colleen, why don't you make it something different from either. Something neither of them expected that isn't connected to his special ops or her wealth? Not sure what that might be, but the rest would make great red herrings.

 
At 12:09 PM, Blogger Peggy Blann Phifer said...

Cheryl might have something, there. That would be a neat spin. And I'm sitting her groaning. My current wip's hero's name is Clay. (grin) He's a PI. Looking at publication in the spring of 2012.

 
At 12:43 PM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

I always develop a complete outline before I start writing. If I know the beginning, I’m not far from knowing the ending. It becomes more important to plot when I know the ending but I don’t have a starting point. I outlined one book backwards because I didn’t know what kind of situation the characters would be in that would get them into the given situation.

I’ll admit that I find your story idea intriguing, but I really have a hard time reading stories in which a couple is going through marital problems, especially when one of them has already found someone else to marry. I don’t have as hard of a time writing them because I know they’ll get back together, but I never know if I can trust the other author to do the same. With that in mind, if I were writing this story, I would have the guy this woman’s about to marry be the guy who kidnapped the baby. Why? Because he is obsessed with this woman and saw it as a means of separating her from her husband. If things go well, he plans to someday “find” the child and reunite mother and child, but the child’s father is getting too close to discovering the truth.

 
At 1:02 PM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

Could the person who kidnapped the child be some crazy obsessed woman that was an acquaintance of the couple and she really wanted a child. Now 5 years later, the child she loves is sick. Needs a kidney or something and she's trying to figure a way to find out if one of the parents is a match or something. :0/

Or maybe it was a woman that was obsessed with him. She was in love with him. She was so delusional that she thought if she "had" his child he'd want her. Now that time has passed and she thinks he's over Angel then she comes out of the woodwork to woo him to her and his child. When he unknowingly rebuffs her she goes back into hiding and now they have to find her.

 
At 2:03 PM, Blogger Barb said...

I was thinking along the same lines of Sabrina, that the kidnapper was someone who could not have a child and decided to "acquire" one through kidnapping. I was thinking the kidnapper would be someone totally unknown to the main characters.

 
At 2:26 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Good ideas here! I'm not going to tell you which way I end up going though. I want you to be surprised. LOL

Timothy, there is no right or wrong way to write a book. I didn't want to imply that plotting is wrong. It's just wrong for me and the way I write. Many love plotting and knowing the destination. It kills my creativity.

Peg, you've sold a book?!!!! I hadn't heard!!! My hero's name isn't carved in stone yet. LOL

 
At 3:34 PM, OpenID katiejohnsonwriter.com said...

So intriguing. What about a kidnapper that has such a pure hatred for Angel-for whatever reason, that he/she wanted to destroy her happiness by taking her baby and keeping it for their own. Sort of like a serial killer holding onto "trophies" from their victims. Every time the kidnapper looked at the child, they'd get a rush thinking of what Angel was missing out on.

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Ooh, Katie! Wow!

 
At 4:12 PM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

The only thing as a reader that I'd really want is that the child hadn't been harmed in a huge way.

Of course stealing them from their parents is harming them but if the kidnapper was a psycho and did something horrible to the child I'd hate reading it. Just my two cents. :)

 
At 4:15 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I would NEVER harm a child in one of my books, Sabrina. Shudder!

 
At 5:58 PM, Blogger jel said...

no suggestions,


but will be waiting for it to come out . :)
Cheryl, does have a good thought!

safe trip,

 
At 9:43 AM, Blogger Digging for Pearls said...

Colleen,

I'm not sure where the setting of your story will be, but I happened to remember something from when we were stationed in Germany.

It was common practice for the parents to go shopping in department stores and let their baby buggies, (with babies inside) sitting outside the store. My husband and I were always amazed at this. There would be lines of baby carriages and nobody around.

I guess a scenario could be that they were visiting Germany and only left there child for a few minutes when someone took their baby. Could even have been by mistake, but person was too scared to come forward. Perhaps they already had problems in the past with the law or something like that.

Happy plotting,
Jodie Wolfe

 
At 10:20 AM, Blogger Digging for Pearls said...

P.S. Forgot to add some information. German buggies (strollers) are much larger than here in America, and store aisles are narrow, hence why babies are left outside.

Could have that they vacationed in Germany, rented a stroller and one parent stayed outside, happened to be distracted for a few minutes and when looked back, baby and stroller were gone.

Perhaps five years later the kidnapper died and in his will it states what he did and that child should be returned to rightful owners/parents.

Just a thought,
Jodie Wolfe

 
At 10:23 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

The wealthy grandparents took their own grandbaby and are paying someone else to care for the child. They did it in hopes that it would break up their daughter and her husband who was in a dangerous occupation and they didn't like the idea of the child and grandchild living with the danger and instability of spec. ops life. They were planning on 'finding' the child once she remarried.

 
At 3:27 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Oooo! Can't wait to see what you do with Angela and Clay!

I like the looks of the girl in the picture. She looks like she could tackle the world with good sense and a good sense of humor.

 
At 9:28 PM, Blogger Sun said...

My recommendation is that you research the Delimar Vera story. It was made into a movie called Little Girl Lost. Perhaps you can get some ideas from this story.

 

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