He loved her, was engaged to her, in fact, but he lost her love. Why? Because she listened to lies about him and believed them. That’s part of the plot for the latest Magda Series book I’m writing.
Writing love letters from a man to a woman is a new challenge. I spend part of each morning composing them. This is serious stuff. This man (I’m calling him Paul for now) will be changed by what happens. His attitude toward life will become duller, harsher, greyer. I have to get it just right. So first I have to express the joy he feels, his affection for his beloved, his hopes for their future. Then I describe his confusion, and anger. Then, of course, I need to show his resignation to the truth of his situation. Will he still hope? I wonder.
People ask me how I write my mystery series for young readers. It usually starts with a situation, a conflict or a challenge, that involves a character or characters. How do characters face events? What do they feel? What do they do? Can they resolve the problem and find some satisfaction? It’s about being true to the characters and finding the path they would take to a resolution.
Because the setting for my books is Mayne Island, I like to show the beauty of the island and some of its unique characteristics. I’ve been told that Mayne Island is like a character in itself.
So now I’m going to write another love letter, from a man who is losing the woman he loved and the future he had imagined they would have together. How will this work out? We’ll see.