Wow, this is a first for me.
With the first two books in my series, I started out knowing who the victim was going to be and who the killer would be. I am not a plotter or a pantser, I am both.
I usually know the basics: killer, victim and main suspect. Then I write the opening. After that, I plot out a few chapters at a time. I usually figure out my suspects and red herrings, etc. and weave them in. I write some more, and then plot a few more chapters.
Many times things will occur to me as I am writing, and I come up with the best twits and turns in the middle of the book, then go back and add them in.
This time with book three, my story literally took over.
My victim said, "You want to do what to me? Um, no, I am having way too much fun. Besides, you've made me too likable and your readers would be very upset if you suddenly killed me off."
Darnit, I thought. My victime was right! So I chose another victim that made much more sense and wouldn't upset my readers.
Only.....once I changed my victim, my killer suddenly seemed so obvious. In book one, the killer is hard to figure out, but still, some people figured it out right at the end. In book two, the killer is even harder to figure out, and I have even more twists you won't see coming.
Talk about pressure.
Book one was a national bestseller and nominted by RT for Best Amateur Sleuth of 2011. So, the pressure to make book two even better was on. I actually think it IS better, and so does my editor. What does that mean?
Basically, that book three has to rock! EEEEEEKKK!!!!
Talk about pressure. So when my killer seems obvious, and I don't have that many twists yet, I started to freak out. I think that's why my story took over. It knew I was having a meltdown, so it decided to help me out.
And man, I think I've come up with a great new killer and some twists even I didn't see coming. I really hope this one is the best book yet. Time will tell....in the meantime.....back to writing!
So tell me, has this ever happened to you? Inquiring minds want to know.