I’m hoping other people feel this way, too, but I have a very hard time speaking to my point ‘in the moment.’
Now, part of my profession is that I teach people about assertive communicaion. Not aggressive. Not passive–but owning up to your emotions, not with an attempt to change circumstances, but because we have a right…and responsiblity…to express what’s going on. And a little adjunct that I forget to emphasize–and that always comes back to haunt me when I don’t–is that part of good communication is that you can COME BACK at any time. Because you didn’t say it right in the heat of the moment–whip off that Hollywood line–doesn’t mean you can’t go BACK. It doesn’t have to be perfect the first time around.
So…this is an after thing. I’ve been asked several times about my motivation for WICKED BURN. I’ve never been happy about my answer before. But when Stacy, who writes for RNTV and her own blog, asked me about my inspiration for Wicked Burn, I jotted off this answer really quickly… and I loved this explanation, where my other descriptions about Wicked Burn left me feeling…not complete.
So I’m re-printing this from the comment section from my blog at RNTV.
Stacy: Your story, Wicked Burn, is one of my favorites. It’s incredibly moving and emotional. Can you tell us what inspired you to write Niall’s story, and bring into her a life a force of nature like Vic?
BK: Stacy”“Wicked Burn came to me from a variety of sources. Since I live in the city, I’m fascinated by the idea of so many people living in such close proximity to the other”“the idea of so many lives separated by a feet and some thin walls. It’s very symbolic, to me, of our mental barriers. We think we’re so far apart from strangers, but given the right circumstances and emotional pressure, we could so easily be hurtled into another’s life.
I’d also wanted to do something about a character with PTSD, someone who was essentially one of the “˜walking dead.’ So I came up with a story about two people who crashed through the barriers that keep us separate and safe in our own separate words and how that explosion that seemingly came out of nowhere really ended up being a need to connect and heal.
Well, it’s not total, but it’s the most succint that I’ve come up with so far. I actually liked that explanation.
If you’d like to read the whole interview….click here.