XOXOAD is so excited to hear more about the third installment in the sexy, suspenseful The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones! Keep reading for an inside look at Lisa’s writing process during the series!
Thank you to the XOXO After Dark blog for having me again! So, if you haven’t heard, my new book in The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, Forsaken, is out today! This book has been a long time coming, and I am thrilled for readers to finally have it in their hands. With every new release comes a new challenge. This book certainly has its fair share, but the writing process was a little different. I started out writing dual POV (both Gia’s and Chad’s), but I found myself giving the reader too much information and detracting from the mystery. I eventually transferred it all into Chad’s POV.
However, this got me thinking about reader preference, author preference, and the changes in both over the years when it comes to point of view. I used to write solidly in the third person. It gives an outside view to all the characters and the reader can see everything that’s happening. But the more I developed as an author, the more I wanted to know my characters, and the more I wanted my readers to know my characters. But, if you’re making your readers mind readers, then where does the mystery come into play? Mystery, which is a HUGE part of my writing, is pertinent in every story I write. Hence why I have to make the decision to sometimes not include a certain POV for added reader enjoyment. I don’t want to spoil everything!
It’s strange though, with some series I can do a dual point of view, which I did quite often in my Inside Out series, but with the Amy Bensen series, I felt strongly that it had to be only one character out of the couple getting their thoughts put on the page, because therein lied the secrets. I guess it just goes to show that often times my characters run the circus that plays in my mind, and I am just their puppet. Whatever the case may be, I hope you find thrills and enjoyment if you pick up Forsaken, and please let me know how you liked it! I love hearing from my readers (via Facebook or Twitter) and as nervous as I may be today, I am also looking forward to hearing your feedback after getting inside Chad’s mind! Warning, though: you may be a little scandalized– that man has a dirty mouth, no matter how much I tried to rein in it!
Lisa Renee Jones