Patricia Bradley here, along with my computer writing partner, who doesn't have a name. Maybe that's something we'll take care of here on this post.
Anyhoo, my partner and I were talking today, and it occurred to me that the Suspense Sisters readers might like to see what goes on behind the scenes.
Computer partner: Let’s talk romance.
Me: I’d rather not. How about suspense.
Computer: What? You don’t like writing romance?
Me: No—yes. I mean, it’s easier for me to write suspense. Romance is hard!
Computer Partner (rolling its eyes—it does that a lot): Come on, it’s not that hard. You already have your hero…and your heroine. All you have to do is keep them from getting together while they’re trying to make sure the antagonist doesn’t kill them.
Me: You make it sound so easy. I’m not sure how I’m going to keep them apart when they’re on the run together.
Computer Partner: But that’s a good thing. Now your readers will wonder if the hero gets the girl? Will he be able to overcome his fear of commitment in time to win her heart? Will the heroine trust the hero, especially after he breaks her heart? Besides, you have that really cool guy who’s also trying to win her heart.
Me: Well, yeah, and lately I actually like him better than the hero.
Computer partner: You're joking, right? He’s all wrong for her. Three weeks after she chooses him, and he's outta there. He's not husband material...yet. Maybe in our next book, though...
Me: Yeah, I know, but still...
Computer partner: No, you know as well as I do she’ll make the right choice. Besides, your hero is the one who will save her from the bad guy—you know, the villain. Tell me something, what's the difference between a villain and an antagonist, anyway?
Me: Do you know what time it is? It's almost eleven, and too late to get into that tonight.
Computer Partner: I bet our readers would like to know the answer to that one.
Me: Maybe I’ll write about antagonists and villains in my next post for the Suspense Sisters, and Computer Partner, you can hop over here next month and read it.
Computer Partner: I don't have to...unless you're planning on using a different computer to write it with. That's what this is all about, isn't it? You're breaking up with me. After all I've done for you!
Me, sighing: It's been a long day. I think I'll shut you down. Good-night...
Okay. I really do think Computer Partner needs a name. Leave a comment with your suggestions, and I'll enter you in a drawing for my latest book, Justice Betrayed!