Its a phrase I find myself saying more often than I’d like. Believe it or not, I’m an introvert. People often act surprised when I tell them this, because I have mastered the art of making conversation awkward. Really, the more anxious I am about an interaction, the more likely I am to offer up too much information.

This apparently does not transfer into my writing. Half way through chapter 11 I have hit a wall-hard. Kala and Eoma are at odds with one another. We get a glimpse of Eoma’s backstory in the second half of the book. Recent events have made her less mysterious and a little more vulnerable. She doesn’t like that, and it shows in this chapter. She struggles to maintain control of her anger…a theme that will be important in a later book.

Kala, on the other hand, has become more of an advocate for herself and her child. The girl we met in the first book who was just coming into her own, has become brave, and a tad bitter.

The problem, I think, is that I relate too strongly to both of them, and I’d really like if they could just resolve the issue and become besties. But that isn’t how this story goes. You’d think that, as the author, I’d have more control of the story line. Why can’t we write a happy ending for everyone?


What do you do when your characters are in conflict?


What types of literary conflicts affect you the most?