One benefit of being a writer is we're able to do things on paper we might not get to do otherwise. Be careful with writers...you might end up in their book. And to add more fun today, Kat is giving away a copy of her book to one lucky person brave enough to leave a comment. Tell us about it, Kat!
A number of years ago I had the honor to be part of a group of out-standing authors who created a series of contemporary romantic novellas called the Class of '85. The series centered around a high school reunion so of course the opportunity to create a couple of bullies arose. I dove in with a vengeance.
I like to base characters, both lead and secondary, on people I know, like, admire or loathe. Sometimes the likenesses are only vague; at other times the only difference is the names I choose to give them.
Since it would take a note from the Pope, buckets of money, or weapons to induce me to attend my own reunion, I needed reasons why someone wouldn't attend a reunion. Maybe they look nothing like they did back in the day, such as the morbidly obese girl who has transformed herself into a runway model doesn't want to hear the fat jokes. The former school bully, now an advocate for the disadvantaged and disenfranchised, fears having to face former victims but at the same time feels driven to make sincere amends. The class bad boy, aka the Scourge of Summerville, has better things to do than be reminded of his former behaviors.
Of course I needed to spend as much time creating the bullies as I did with the heroes and heroines. In retrospect it wasn't as difficult as I feared it might be. We all had a mean girl in our class so inventing “Ready Betty” Baumgartner came easy. I even made her look like the mean girl I once knew: tall and thin, blonde and well-to-do, and as sneeringly self-absorbed as they came. Then came the dorky, socially inept dweeb who ruined the grade curve. We all had one of those in our class, too. To make Richard “Dickhead” Heade, I thought about a former high ranking police official for the city where I live. What an opportunity to get back at a man so ego-driven he'd never consider that the former pain in his butt would dare put him in one of her books. Especially as a bad guy and not the white hat savior. Gotcha, pal.
The three stories became an adventure which I'm now thrilled to have together under one cover. It's titled Vengeance Is Mine.Ever think about going back to study hall to face down the school bully? The mean girls? The brainless jocks who made your life a pure misery?
For Dru Horvath, Gypsy orphan turned Pulitzer Prize winning photo-journalist; Rafe Archangeli, the Scourge of Summerville who now heads a multi-million dollar trust; and Fiona “Fat Aggie” Thorpe who recreated herself into a top model with her own A-list agency, the opportunity to exact revenge is too good to pass up.
Will they find the vengeance they crave? Or something more valuable?
Vengeance Is Mine, a contemporary romantic trilogy by Kat Henry Doran, can be found at:
Legal nurse consultant, victim advocate, sexual assault nurse examiner Kat Henry Doran has been there and done that--too many times to count. She often travels to the wilds of Northern New York State, witnessing the wonders of mother nature at her best. from the shores of Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River to the historic Adirondack Mountains. She creates stories featuring strong women, the men who love them, and occasionally some pretty nasty villains.
When not writing, she can be found lashed to one of her sewing machines--or chauffeuring the four brightest stars in her life: Meredith and Ashlin, Owen and Kieran.
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