Sometimes a story takes years to uncover. Seeing Clearly was one of those stories.
I picked out the characters – a forty-something grandmother raising her grandchild and a thirty-something divorced ex-cop. I love Evie. She’s a grandmother with spunk and grit. Now that the book’s finally out, I kinda miss her.
My first unpublished attempt placed in a writing contest, but Dawson wasn’t happy with that version. He insisted his backstory was all wrong, too sissy for an ex-narcotics cop.
(If it sounds like my characters become real people to me, they do.)
He revealed that the cartel boss he’d been investigating had blown up his fishing boat with his twin sons in it. He was set on revenge.
Evie shared more of her backstory too. She was raising her grandson because her only child and his wife died in a car crash that wasn’t an accident.
Now I had two characters with complications and a drugs/cartel plot. The major left turn from the sweet, inspirational romance with older characters to a romantic suspense plot required some interesting research into drug smuggling and the Mexican cartel.
I learned more than I really wanted to know digging into cartel vocabulary, methods of operation, and organization. It was enlightening, and a bit scary. Cartels are bad.
While not as dark as some suspense plots, Seeing Clearly does offer an accurate depiction of how drugs can infiltrate ordinary lives.
The newly published version with suspense plot twists, a touch of humor, and my trademark love story has been a hit with reviewers and contest judges.
Let me know what you think.