What do you do when you identify so much with a character that you can’t change point of view? You write the whole thing from inside the hero’s head!
When I first started writing Insolence, the hero liked being in charge of the story. The words just spun themselves out onto the page. However, when the scene clearly could have – should have – shifted to the heroine…the hero wouldn’t step down.
Aric Calderwood is a Dom. And somehow he used that against me to take control of this story. Not once in the story do you hear what’s going on inside Ainsley’s head. The reader is left to discern her emotions from Aric’s reactions to them. Strangely, I think that made this a more powerful story.
As readers, we’re used to authors giving both the hero and the heroine head time. We’ve come to expect that balance of power and rely on it to give us the big picture. As a writer, showing the reader everything from a single point of view – and not a first person view at that – can be a challenge. I had to carefully consider every move and reaction that Ainsley had. On top of that, I had to consider what Aric would notice and what he would just surmise or dismiss. It gave me a unique perspective on the book. Hopefully, it will do the same for readers, putting a different spin on a romance for them.
So for once, you get to see a romance unfold entirely from the perspective of the man involved. He’s got questions and issues to resolve while dealing with a libido that won’t quit where this woman is concerned.