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Alexis Morgan | Jarvis Donahue, A Gift From My Muse . . .

January 28, 2009

Alexis MorganI’d like to thank everyone here at Fresh Fiction for inviting me to join them today to help celebrate the release of my fifth Paladin book, Darkness Unknown, from Pocket Star!

Like most authors, every book I write is special to me in some way, but this particular one is more so than most.   For me, some stories are harder to bring into focus than others.   I usually see the opening scenes of a new book pretty clearly,  and I know where the story needs to end up.   The middle of the book, though, is often lost in fog, with my clear sight limited only as far as the next page I’m about to write. 

DARKNESS UNKNOWNBut from the moment I first “met” Jarvis Donahue in the second Paladin book, it was as if I’d known him for years.   By the time he’d spoken no more than a handful of words, I knew that he liked classic rock, drove a muscle car he’d restored himself, and would do anything for those who mattered to him.   I truly felt like his presence in the world of the Paladins was an extra special gift from my muse.

When it came time to give Jarvis his own book, I could see the whole story laid out before me.  Sure, some of the details had to be thought through as I wrote the almost four hundred pages of his story, but I knew who the heroine had to be and how much they’d mean to each other.  I also knew the dilemma Jarvis would face he met Gwen—how to love her the way she deserved and yet do what his duty demanded of him, which was to introduce her younger brother to world of the Paladins. 

And I also knew that however rocky the path would be from the first scene of the book until they reached the last page, that their happily-ever-after would be waiting for them.  

I’ve learned to really cherish stories that almost tell themselves.  They don’t come along very often. 

Alexis Morgan

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One Comment

  • Julie Robinson January 28, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Hi Alexis,

    I must admit that I have not read your books before, but I love meeting new authors. As a hopeful writer, I must say that it is wonderful that your story laid itself out that way. In order to do that, you must be somewhat of a plotter, an admirable trait I am trying to cultivate.

    Congratulations on your release,