When writing Birthright, it had a different name to begin with. It originally was going to be called "Forever" and I had a cover designed for it, all set to go...just no story yet, should be the other way around don't you think? My characters had different names as well. Candra Rosewood, was "Katherine Rosewood" in the older version, as "Victor Woods" our Kane Smith, was the other main male character.
The story I had in mind was something different,with stronger characters and with a mystery behind one of them, a family legacy so to speak. I wanted Candra to be special, so special that not even she knew how special she truly was until unexplainable things and feelings started to happen, things she had no control over and at times didn't want control.
I've read all the Twilight Books and found them very well written,but the thing I didn't like about them was that they weren,t strong. The characters were indecisive when it came to any decision making. Damn! If it were me and I said no you're not hanging around with some stink'in wolf that'd be it!
My female character is tough, she has to be. I wanted to write someone who I always wished I was, someone who didn't put up with alot of crap and when push came to shove, she'd give it right back, but she also had her feminine side too and at her lowest points in the story it showed and she wasn't afraid to show it either. Her vulnerability came right out when it needed to be, but for only a second and then she was right back to being her strong self.
Young girls today, they want stories that will show them courage, how to stand up for themselves. I'm sorry, but Bella, is such a whiny,tease of a girl who can't make up her mind for anything that it kills me! I just want to shake her and say, "WAKE UP WILL YOU! DAMN GET A CLUE!" Only to find out, she acts like that in real life!!! OMG! Can't stand it.
My novel is full of emotion, strengths, mystery and about family and mostly...about Birthright.