Her character is haunting me: she is at once an inspiration and a jailor, for I cannot escape her. Gorgeous said from the start I had cut the story too close to home, and this was well before the plot took shape, and her character became “real”. But what can I do? For a start I cannot kill her, even if I found the strength, for she is immortal. The people around her are protecting her too, they have adopted her in ways that are now beyond, far beyond my control. Besides I could not face Julian if I meant any harm to Melissa, and that, readers, would be fatal.
The way our characters carve their existence out of our past, our experience, our dreams, the people we met, or loved, is a constant wonder. That I have become the prisoner of this story, which drags me away from other endeavours, and keeps me awake in the night, surrounded by silent shadows, is at once a discovery and a mystery. How did this happen? How did I let it happen? And why is Melissa dictating the direction the story is taking? Where did she draw her powers from?