The Cast of Characters
So the first thing we both read was this prologue that introduced several characters. After we read the challenge were we just supposed to finish the story. Here is our different reactions to the cast of characters.
Initial reaction to the Challenge: When I was first given the cast of characters and the actual Challenge, which turned out to be the prologue, I thought that Jonah was a lush. I mean he's so drunk off his ass that he's stumbling around on a day that's pretty important to his sister. My initial thought was: Why can't he stay sober for her? What the hell's wrong with him?
Jonah: Weirdly enough, my thoughts on Jonah didn't immediately go to his relationship with Scott. Instead, I analyzed the drunk at a family function thing and came up with two conclusions.
One: He's a little self-centered and probably doesn't know how to communicate effectively.
Two: Every member of his family was probably the same way.
Scott: So now I have this self-centered, uncommunicative person who's in this heart-wrenching situation with a boyfriend, Scott. Okay, Scott doesn't know what to think about Jonah honestly. All he knows is that he really cares about him, but doesn't know if that sentiment is returned at all. Not knowing makes him insecure enough to mess things up big time.
As for Jonah's mother and sister: Well, I thought about the wedding and how much work that is to put together. Janey has to be stressed out with all the preparations. So I wrote her as a bit stressed. The mother is exactly like someone in my family, who I will not name. Regardless, Jonah's mom is self-centered and a lot overbearing.
So that was how I approached this Challenge. I'm a Character writer so this was probably the most important part for me.
I remember, it was either just after I finished writing my own or I finished reading April’s book that I turned to her and said “these characters are really awful people”.
That’s how I see them. They aren’t nice, both the MC and the sister are quite self-centered people.
I don’t say this to discourage you in reading our stories, just giving you an idea of how I viewed the two main cast members and how I used them and worked them into at least one them a loveable enough character that you’d want to read about him.
Jonah is… he’s got so much love in his head. He’s a little arrogant and clearly only thinks about himself, and what is hurting him. And how it’s not his fault. And if you think about it, isn’t the true for us all. Isn’t that how we all are, until something happens and we are forced to take a breath to realise things beyond what we are feeling in our hearts and focus on what the real issue is. And it’s only then that we are able to loosen the pain and maybe make things work.
My story is about that part, about Jonah hitting rock bottom and having to deal with what’s really the matter, what’s really being said and not said.
Scott is the love of his life, only Scott has issues of his own, which makes things a little more complicated, only he’s blaming himself too. He’s allowing Jonah to push everything on him, and he’s accepting that.
His sister is one line in my story, and I am pleased with how she turned out, I think out of all our characters April and I got her pretty much on line.
Vince is much more a part of my story then April’s he’s a key element as a best mate and a reason for Jonah to start seeing things as they are and not as it is inside his head. He’s the shame.
The facts are, April and I…well we never saw this as a challenge when we started out, it just became that way, mostly because I refused to read her story before I wrote mine. We did however chat about all the characters, trying our best to line them up. But the thing is each person seeing another person in a different light and it’s hard to tell what one’s going to point at and what the other is. And that’s what this book is showing us. That even hours of chats and discussions about the characters what April saw and what I saw where 4 very different people.
TITLE: The Way Life Turns
SERIES: A BonyDee Press Challenge
AUTHOR(s): April Kelley & Bronwyn Heeley
PUBLISHED: February 19 2016
PUBLISHER: BonyDee Press
COVER ARTIST: Bronwyn Heeley
WORD COUNT: 20133
CATEGORY/TAG: contemporary romance
HEAT LEVEL: 4
COUPLING: male male
Barnes & Nobel: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-way-life-turns-april-kelley/1123383014?ean=2940152610468
What happens when two men are in very different places in their relationship?
Almost from the start of their relationship, Jonah was in love with Scott. Scott doesn’t share that same sentiment. Jonah finds out exact how Scott feels about him the hard way, when he sees Scott in a compromising position with someone else. How they react becomes the challenge two authors have set out to solve. Will there be forgiveness or misery as Jonah reacts to what Scott has done?
He had his head down and didn’t lift it when he heard a horn beep. That was a common enough sound in the city and didn’t necessarily mean it was meant for him.
It wasn’t until he heard his name shouted that he looked up. Scott had the window down on the passenger’s side of the car.
“What are you doing, babe? Need a ride somewhere?” Scott asked.
Jonah hesitated. The only thing that was going through his mind was the picture of Scott with his condom-covered cock waving around like a damned flag as he tried to explain himself.
How were they supposed to come back from that? It seemed impossible to start dating again.
If Jonah could erase what happened from his memory than he would, but it played like a fucking tape recorder in his mind and made him look at Scott differently now.
“Naw, I’d rather walk,” Jonah said. He watched as Scott’s window went up. He sighed and turned, walking away from his ex-whatever-the-hell-they-were. Ex-friend probably described them best. After all, they’d been friends for several years, from school years, before they decided to start dating. Why the hell they decided to date was anyone’s guess. Jonah was stupid to have even started something with Scott because now he’d lost one of his best friends just as he was starting to fall in love with him.
“Wait up, Babe,” Scott said from behind him, right before a car door slammed shut. He thought their little morning after encounter was finished. Seeing Scott so soon after what Jonah was starting to refer to as the incident was too soon.
Jonah stopped long enough for Scott to catch up with him.
“I was coming to your apartment to see you,” Scott said as he walked beside him. Scott held his hand out, silently asking Jonah if he could hold his hand. Jonah shook his head and shoved his hands even further in his pockets. Scott sighed.
“I wasn’t home.”
Scott didn’t say anything for the longest time. The silence was uncomfortable as they turned the corner toward the small café.
“I thought we could talk this morning. Clear up this mess we created,” Scott said as they got to the café.
“The mess you created, you mean.”
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Living in Southwest Michigan, April resides with her husband and two kids. She has been an avid reader for several years. Ever since she wrote her first story at the age of ten, the characters in her head still won't stop telling their stories. If April isn't reading or writing, she can be found
outside playing with the animals or taking a long walk in the woods. If you wish to contact her, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit her website at authoraprilkelley.com
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