To the uninitiated, I risk sounding like a madwoman when I say that some characters created in a writer's mind are a whole lot pushier than others. I have two such characters who've been 'talking' at me over the past couple of days, and it really isn't their time yet.
I'm editing the sequel to Contraband and one of the men in that novel will get his own story. I've written three chapters of that new project (Grudge), but because of my editing load, I'm not ready to continue with the story. Now the female lead in Grudge had a troublesome ex, whom I've given a name - Bradleigh Summers.
Bradleigh's the one who's been giving me reasons why he shouldn't get involved with another woman, and why the one he's about to start seeing is wrong for him. His counterpart - Serita, for now - is trying to get in her side of the story as well.
I have one scene written, where they're meeting for the second time and not liking each other very much. I suspect that I will get other snippets which I'm putting down in a private blog. For now, I've given up on ignoring these two. I'll create around the ideas that come, but I absolutely will not do anything about starting their story from the beginning, although I have pictured it in my mind.
Bradleigh will have his moment in the spotlight after I've written the novel that comes before his. Ha! Even now he won't shut up. I think Stalker is a good name for his story. Gotta check eventually if that's taken.
Whoever heard of writing books out of sequence?