As I've said many times, Deception is very different from other books I've published. Deception started as a random thought and morphed into something I never expected.
I see a lot of people talking about characters that drive them nuts because they are weak. I can understand their aggravation as I have felt it too while reading a book. I always wonder why characters make the decisions they make.
With that being said, I felt the need to give my readers a heads up before they start reading Deception.
Claire is weak. She tends to make extremely bad decisions and overlooks things she shouldn't.
At the beginning of Deception, I have included the following note:
A note to readers:
Before you start reading Deception, I want to make you aware of
something. Claire can be a bit ignorant at times. As a young woman
who has never really had a role model to help her learn and grow into
an adult, she can be very naive. She also has a habit of making
choices that will definitely make her seem weak and, at times,
annoying. Please remember that as a series moves forward, the
characters often grow and evolve. Claire is most certainly one of
With that being said, I hope you learn to love Claire as I have. She is
one of the most diverse characters I’ve ever written, and I can’t wait
to show you what I have in store for her.
Lots of hugs,
I wanted my readers to understand that I wrote her that way intentionally. Claire has so much potential and I intend to push her to her limits and watch as she grows into someone she never thought she could be.
Deception is a two book series. When this series finishes, I want you to be able to look back and see the change in her. I want you to watch her grow, take control and become the person she is capable of being. I want her to feel strong and in control.
Claire, Robert, and Cooper are some of the most infuriating and uncontrollable characters I've ever worked with. Telling their story is harder than I thought it would be. They've all thrown me for a loop, but I love them for that. Their story is going to become so much more than I ever thought it could be.
Now, I don't want to cause any spoilers before the book is even released, so that's all I'm going to say for now.
I sincerely hope you enjoy Deception! Only 21 days to go!