While writing my most recent book, I learned that sometimes a story takes a life of its own and carries me away to places I’d never planned. This Time for Keeps started out as a WWII romance, but ended up becoming a modern day one. My characters gradually took shape and become people I didn’t expect them to be, especially my hero, Chase. I’d never planned for him to ride into town on a Harley on a stormy night, but he did. I’d never planned for him to have been previously married and his first wife to have died of cancer, but somehow it happened. I’d also never planned for Chase, the guy who left India a decade ago, without as much as a goodbye, to be so loving and compassionate, and to want her back so badly, but he did.
A love triangle takes shape when Chase rides back into town on the night that India has just become engaged to another man. After taking one look at Chase and experiencing all the heart pounding emotions of love and attraction, she begins to question her feelings for her fiancée. Sometimes, I think there’s a little bit of this story in all of us. I’m happily married to a wonderful man who I love very much. I’m glad God gave me what I needed when He gave me him. But, I think everyone sometimes wonders what would have happened if they’d built a life with a certain someone. Looking back, I’m so glad I didn’t and that God knew what was best for me and that I chose to follow after God’s heart.
I’ve learned that God knows what’s best for me and sometimes for my characters too! In This Time for Keeps, my heroine realizes that God knows what’s best for her and because she seeks after him, He gives her the desires of her heart. Sometimes, we can create havoc by getting in God’s way. I’m not a very patient person, but am learning more to pray and wait on God to lead me in both my writing and my personal life.
K.Dawn Byrd is an author of inspirational romance and romantic suspense. This Time for Keepsis her fourth release in two years with four more books to follow in 2012. Mistaken Identity, her first young adult romance released on June 15 from Desert Breeze Publishing. She enjoyed writing it so much that she’ll have four more young adult releases in 2012. The sequel to Mistaken Identity, Shattered Identity, will release in June and a college-age romance/mystery series, The Zoe Mack Mystery Series,will release in January with others to follow in June and December.