My Heroes Have a Terminal Illness...

I found out quite by accident. I had set up a Google Alert for my book The Three Truths of Katie Talmadge. When it came through my email there was a quip from the posting that included the title. It said... “Don’t make me into some sort of knight-in-shining-armor, Katie. Believe me, I’m not any closer to ..."
I froze. Naturally, I knew it was from my own book. But what surprised me was that something very similar had been in the book I just finished. My first thought was that I had plagiarized myself. I went back to the recently finished book and did a search & find on "knight". Sure enough, there were three references to it. The wording wasn't exactly the same as in Three Truths. Most of the references in the latest book were internalized thought designed to torture my hero. But I soon came to the realization that I had saddled all my heroes with the same terminal illness... KISA. Every single hero that I'd had over the years had been fighting to be anything but a knight-in-shining-armour, and every single one of them had been failing in their resolve to cure their KISA ailment. I didn't set out to be a repeater. I didn't set out give my heroes a terminal illness, but as I look back at all the books that I've loved over the years... the ones that were shelf keepers, I realized that all of them were KISA terminalists. Even the partials that I have going right now are the same. (But I think I'll leave the KISA words out next time.) In the meantime, who are your favorite KISA terminalists?

1 comment:

Morgan Mandel said...

It's a new one with each book. I never know until I'm reading it.
Love them all.

Morgan Mandel
http://morganmandel.blotspot.com

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