The easy part about writing is coming up with stories. The hard part is actually pulling off those stories. I cannot tell you how often I’ve gotten a bright idea and written a synopsis for the entire book, and only then realized, crap, I’ve got to write a fill-in-the-blank scene!
For a book I wrote several years ago, Too Close for Comfort, I took a handgun safety class and visited the shooting range several times. I learned not to let a character “tea-cup” a gun, and I also learned about a functional hold that skilled professionals, like police officers, would use. In Her Perfect Proposal, my current release, I had Gunnar use the Harries hold -in a key scene. It is a combination flashlight and gun hold. There are several ways to accomplish a combo hold, but this one, Harries, made sense to me as it helps steady the gun on the forearm.
Let’s get something straight, I am a contemporary romance writer, I guess you could say I’m a lover not a fighter. However, this story called for more police-styled action, and yes, I had to write a shooting scene. Not just any shooting scene, either, my hero gets shot! I tried very hard to get it right. Here’s a short excerpt.
Searing pain shot up Gunnar’s shoulder and into his neck. His vision doubled and he had to sit down. Unable to hold up the flashlight any longer, he let go of it and lowered his gun, then dropped first to his knees then onto his butt. The jolt of hitting the pavement sent sharp nauseating pain up to his shoulder. His head felt swimmy. He put it between his spread legs and bent knees and concentrated on breathing through the raging sting zinging along the nerve endings in his shoulder.
His peripheral vision going dark, Gunnar shivered and clinched his eyes closed.
Now don’t you just NEED to know what happens to my hunky hero?
I hope you’ll consider reading Her Perfect Proposal, Harlequin Special Edition and March TOP PICK from Romantic Times Magazine. If you do, let me know what you think about the entire shooting scene, and the book.
Thanks for reading!
Until next time, make it a great one,