High Impact Moments

Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Below.

“I have fantastic news,” I tell Lauren Hartford. “Your doctor’s plane  just crashed in the jungles of Costa Rica, thieves have stolen his medical supplies, and he’s running for his life with just the clothes on his back and no hope of ever returning home!”

Attract Him Back

Lauren’s response? “Squee!”

For Lauren, who’s working on A Wedding of Souls, the follow-up book  to Celebrating the Tower Card, this really is fantastic news. As an editor, I’ve already told her that she must revise the first two chapters to the point of rewriting them—which is where we are now—but I wasn’t sure we’d be  able to use the plane crash scene, even though we’d both wanted to.

She’d come back to me during the summer, wringing her hands and a little uncertain of whether to bring it up, but she’d had this sudden vision concerning  the hero of the book she was revising at the time.  It was an omigod moment for me when she described it. It had everything an editor wants to see in a book, including the high emotional  impact,  some  amazing  twists  and  turns  that  the reader will never guess,  edge-of-your-seat  suspense, and tear-your-heart-out   emotion.  But…the  scene  was  also very controversial.  And that’s where I wasn’t sure if we could do it.

I guess, for whatever reason, that book was delayed because it didn’t feel right then, but it does now and it’s close to being done.

The biggest decision in keeping the scene is the high impact feel to it.  The controversy is part of that, yes, but the controversial issues are also part of why her protagonist is where he is and why he can’t get out of a disastrous situation on his own. Considering that the current in this scene is just under the surface throughout  the book but that the book doesn’t really seem to be “about” this particular  scene or even this particular protagonist, it could have been left out altogether and the reader would never know. In fact, the Wedding in A Wedding of Souls is some- one else’s wedding that has an effect on the two protagonists.  There are other emotional scenes in the book, but by comparison, they’re flat when it comes to this one. So, in spite of the controversy, I finally decided to keep it as a pay-off for the reader.

Because the reader  deserves  to read something  that has high emotional impact.

I think life should be like that, too. It’s better than going through life without anything  that impacts us emotionally, though  I  always thinks it’s best when the emotions impacted are intense feelings of love and joy.