Anyone who’s ever spoken to me about my writing for longer than five minutes know how much I struggle with plot. I write character-first, which means I come up with a character or characters and my plot grows from them. I don’t think up a plot and then fit my characters into it. Character-first is my favourite way to write—but it can make my plots awfully difficult to describe (which is why I will forever be grateful to every blurb writer I’ve ever had).
So I’ll let my blurb tell you about my plot and I’ll take care of the characters.
Ten Things About Fred:
- He’s divorced and struggling to move on
- He’s a professional author, but doesn’t know if he can actually call himself a writer when he hasn’t written for years
- He drinks more coffee than any one person should
- He puts ketchup on his toast
- He needs to spend more time with his daughter
- The idea of spending more time with his daughter terrifies him
- Because he knows he knows he should be a better dad
- He worries that he might still be in love with his ex-husband
- And then he meets Callum
- And Callum has the prettiest eyes Fred’s ever seen in his life.
Ten Things About Callum:
- He’s been a member of Leos, the internationally-famous boy band, since he was eighteen
- He’s tired. God, he’s so so tired
- Fred is the first person he’s met who seems as tired as he is
- He thinks it’s disgusting that Fred puts ketchup on toast
- His hands won’t stop shaking
- He knows that Hufflepuff is undoubtedly the best Hogwarts house
- And pancakes are undoubtedly the best breakfast food
- He makes bad decisions and he knows he makes bad decisions
- But he also knows that going home with Fred isn’t a bad decision
- Because Fred makes him want to write love songs again
I fall in love with my characters before I know anything else about my story. I hope you fall in love with Fred and Callum the way I have, because they’re sad and lonely and a little bit broken—and so so deserving of love.
Hope can be found in unexpected places.
Lonely, still struggling with his divorce, and suffering from writer’s block, successful thriller author Fred spends much more time in an all-night Denny’s than is healthy for any man. It’s the last place he thought he’d meet someone like Callum, who has literally run away from the internationally famous boy band Leos.
Despite their age difference, the two become friends, and their long nights of soul-searching might help them find the courage to face their problems: Fred’s deteriorating relationship with his daughter and Callum’s career issues. It’s easy for their lives to tangle together, and each might provide the other the means to move beyond the past—even if it’s not a journey they can take together.
Kim Dias has been writing for years, but has been making up stories for what feels like forever. She writes love stories, preferably with a side of hot sex; Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction Awards constantly inspire her to do better.
When not focused on her studies at the University of Victoria, Kim spends her time working on her novel, which she swears will one day be finished. She loves dogs, reading in front of fireplaces, and days spent in the sunshine. She believes whole-heartedly that stories can change the world.
You can find her online at kimdias.tumblr.com.
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