The Story Behind Baby for the Beast by Penelope Bloom

22 Mar 2018

By Penelope Bloom

Baby for the Beast was not an easy book to write and I broke my biggest rule when writing it.

I have a general rule for myself when I’m writing to avoid looking back and re-reading until I’m done with the book. It prevents me from endlessly re-writing scenes over and over again because I didn’t think they turned out perfectly, and it’s probably one of the reasons I’m able to get a book written every month. I’ve found that ninety percent of the time, when I do my re-reads, the parts I thought were terrible actually read really well and don’t need major tweaks.

But I broke my own rule. I re-read the book when I was 60 pages in and everything was going fine until about page 30. I don’t want to spoil anything, but if you read the blurb you’ll know the book is about Enzo, who is part of the mafia and gets ordered to kidnap Neela. My original plan for the book was to have the relationship dynamic be sexually charged, but for the characters to have a very love-hate kind of relationship. And that’s where the problem came in.

I don’t always get to decide how my characters will interact, as strange as that sounds. I might plan to have them not get along or to get along, and sometimes it really does feel like they gain weight as the book goes on–like they become something I can no longer bully and push into a specific direction. It’s a good problem to have, because it means that my characters have an identity and they live and breathe like real people, to me, at least.

And my stupid living and breathing characters decided to have off-the-charts chemistry in this book. So when I tried to force them into a kind of “I hate you for now” scenario where Enzo was trying to stay true to his mafia family loyalties and go through with the kidnapping, it rang really false as I did my re-read.

So even though I was running out of time to get the book finished by my deadline and definitely didn’t have time to write an extra 30 pages, I kind of impulsively deleted those 30 pages. I started it over and let the characters lead the book instead of forcing it down the path I wanted. In the end, I think the result was worth the extra hours and weekend nights I had to work to get it finished.
I hope you’ll decide to give it a read. I promise you won’t be disappointed!! Also, if you’ve enjoyed some of my feature posts for newinbooks, I have been writing similar posts on my website for a few weeks now and will continue to add more. You can find them at www.penelope-bloom.com. Thanks!

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Penelope Bloom is the author of the new book Baby for the Beast

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