I think I wrote and rewrote the beginning of Shadows and Twilight at least half a dozen times. I kept seeing two different scenes playing in my head. They were both extremely vivid, so I sat down and wrote both to see which one resonated more.
They both did.
That began the bizarre process of writing this book out of order. Before writing this series, most of my previous books had been written in sequential order (i.e. Chapter 1, 2, 3, etc.). But Shadows and Twilight was written in scenes. After writing each scene, I then had to piece them together. It was a bit like working on a jigsaw puzzle.
I started out with a loose outline or general idea about what was going to happen. My stories always deviate a bit (Blossom loves stirring up trouble), but this went way beyond the norm. In particular, there was one huge event in the underworld that came as a complete and total surprise to me. After I wrote it, I just stared at my computer in shock at the crazy revelation that had been revealed. No idea where it came from. All I knew is that it FIT. It was that missing puzzle piece. But wow, did it throw me for a loop.
I’d love to know if you can figure out which scene. 😉