Do you suffer when your characters suffer?
There is a little of me in all my characters—the good guys and the bad. Guess there has to be, since they all came from inside my head, lol!
But I have to say that one of the most fun parts of writing for me is seeing the badguy get his comeuppance. I love writing those scenes. I race through them, huddled over the keyboard, cackling with glee as he (or she) takes that final fall from grace.
So, no, I don't suffer then—but up to that point in the book, I suffer with ALL my characters, both good guys and bad guys. After all, we're all heroes in our own stories and I always try to give my badguys multiple chances to make the right choice, to do the right thing, to redeem themselves.
And that's really what all my books are about--something I've discovered only recently, so it may seem obvious already to my readers. But my stories are all about people finding the courage to change the world.
Not just the good guys--the badguys as well. They want to change the world in their way for their own (very strong--to them) reasons, but that puts them in opposition to the hero.
Scenes when they realize they aren't the hero they thought they were. Scenes when choices between what's good for the person you love and what's good for the rest of the world are forced.
Moral dilemmas. True love—when the right people get together for the right reasons after truly earning their happily ever after.
Self-sacrifice—I'm a sucker for self-sacrifice. And lately some of my secondary characters have been revealing themselves as true heroes with their sacrifices. (I can't give examples without spoilers, but wait until you read CRITICAL CONDITION!!!)
Excuse me while I go grab a hanky, sniff….meanwhile, what makes you cry when you read? C'mon, I can't be the only one!
Thanks for reading,
As a pediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge suspense novels. Her debut, LIFELINES (Berkley, March 2008), became a National Bestseller and Publishers Weekly proclaimed it a "breathtakingly fast-paced medical thriller."
The second in the series, WARNING SIGNS, was released January, 2009 and the third, URGENT CARE, October, 2009. The fourth book, CRITICAL CONDITION, will be out December, 2010. CJ's newest project is as co-author of the first in a new suspense series with Erin Brockovich. To learn more about CJ and her work, go to http://www.cjlyons.net