When a story becomes so much more

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Let’s create a scenario typical for an author. Or maybe not so typical…

You have this story in your head. There are too many books to write first, so it stews and bubbles and works its way into the back of your mind.

Then the time finally comes! Yay! The story gets to be written.

So, the words flow. The characters develop.

And then that fickle write-by-the-seat-of-my-pants muse says. “HEY! I’ve got a GREAT element to add to this book!’

Oh boy…

I’ll be honest. Pretty much all of my books have been written like this. I’ve learned to let the characters lead me, and so far, it’s worked out in my favor.

Queen Of My Heart is my contribution to the Unforgettable Heroes, Unforgettable Passion boxed set released two days ago!

And this story… Oh man, where do I begin with it?

I call this the book that broke me. The reaction to the story to this day is mind blowing. Sometimes, I go back to pull an excerpt or something and I catch myself reading more thinking… “Did I REALLY write this?”

It’s a story that touches on several deep, sensitive topics. There were scenes I had to walk away from while writing because they were intense.

I often take real life topics and work them into a story. I’ve touched on many things before- PTSD, traumatic brain injury, struggles of single mothers- this is just to start.

In Queen Of My Heart, I’ve given country star Tucker McGinnis a past. And while difficult, I love that he has worked hard to begin overcoming it. But said past still haunts him to this day.

It’s exciting to get this book into many readers hands, and I do hope you’ll check out this collection! It’s great to be in the company of some amazing authors!

https://www.amazon.com/Unforgettable-Heroes-Passion-Unforgettables-Book-ebook/dp/B073RR3PW8

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Nikki Lynn Barrett
No matter where she goes, USA Today Bestselling author Nikki Lynn Barrett hears voices in her head. Instead of calling her crazy and locking her up, her family realizes it’s just a product of being an author and allows her to write the stories so that the voices shut up.
But they don’t. And probably never will. There’s no need to lock her up, Nikki knows she’ll never escape the voices, not until each and every last story is written. And for every story she writes, about ten or more ideas pop up.

When she isn’t slaving away at her computer writing books that will probably make you cry and keep you in suspense, Nikki plots to take over the world one book at a time. What? It’s a sickness. One she can’t escape!

Books aren’t her only addiction, though. Nikki can be found making up parodies to drive her son crazy, and bantering back and forth with her husband, who somehow manages to steal her away from the fictional world she lives in all the time.

Nikki lives in Arizona with her husband and son, where she can be found using every creativity outlet she can find through music, photography, handcrafted things, and random interests that she may pick up from time to time.

If you want to learn more about the author who makes people cry for a living, check her out at www.nikkilynnbarrett.com

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About Nikki Lynn Barrett

No matter where she goes, USA Today Bestselling author Nikki Lynn Barrett hears voices in her head. Instead of calling her crazy and locking her up, her family realizes it's just a product of being an author and allows her to write the stories so that the voices shut up. But they don't. And probably never will. There's no need to lock her up, Nikki knows she'll never escape the voices, not until each and every last story is written. And for every story she writes, about ten or more ideas pop up. When she isn't slaving away at her computer writing books that will probably make you cry and keep you in suspense, Nikki plots to take over the world one book at a time. What? It's a sickness. One she can't escape! Books aren't her only addiction, though. Nikki can be found making up parodies to drive her son crazy, and bantering back and forth with her husband, who somehow manages to steal her away from the fictional world she lives in all the time. Nikki lives in Arizona with her husband and son, where she can be found using every creativity outlet she can find through music, photography, handcrafted things, and random interests that she may pick up from time to time. If you want to learn more about the author who makes people cry for a living, check her out at www.nikkilynnbarrett.com

4 thoughts on “When a story becomes so much more

  1. Really enjoyed this and entirely agree that the pantser approach is one of unbridled passion, living the story and having breakfast with the charqacters. Trouble is they are early risers and night owls.

  2. My characters dictate the direction of the story–but I’m a plotter, not a panster. Twists and turns always show up along the way. The avenues, however, come off the main street.

    Great post, Nikki! Shared. 🙂

  3. Ha, what a neat post, Nikki! Good to know I’m in the company with the fly by the seat of my shorts writing, altho I must say, the hub and I brainstormed tonight at dinner for my new story for SH. We had some belly laughs about devising up character names and their histories. Shared your post on twitter, girlfriend! Have a blessed Sunday! Hugs!

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