Confess and Tell Us Your Worst


Surprised Laura Hale – by Jon ‘ShakataGaNai’ Davis

At the risk of earning a permanent place on Santa’s naughty list, what’s the worst thing you’ve ever done (as a writer) to one of your characters?

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Bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Jordan Dane’s gritty thrillers are ripped from the headlines with vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. Publishers Weekly compared her intense novels to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag, naming her debut novel NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM as Best Books of 2008. She is the author of young-adult novels written for Harlequin Teen, the Sweet Justice thriller series for HarperCollins., and the Ryker Townsend FBI psychic profiler series, Mercer's War vigilante novellas, and the upcoming Trinity LeDoux bounty hunter novels set in New Orleans. Jordan shares her Texas residence with two lucky rescue dogs. To keep up with new releases & exclusive giveaways, click HERE

31 thoughts on “Confess and Tell Us Your Worst

  1. I recently left someone floating face-up in a fountain…I thought this was a new move for me until I remembered the old man who was murdered and used as fertilizer…oops!

  2. In Aztec Midnight, drug cartel goons kidnap the protagonist, Jon Barrett, and steal the knife his late father gave him.

  3. I once had a teenage daughter of my protagonist kidnapped and held hostage by the bad guy, and treated pretty horribly. For which I got one scathing review that said this demonstrated “violence against women.” I guess that never happens in real life.

    No wonder so many authors of the past have turned to drink.

  4. Now you’re speaking my language. In my latest, Wings of Mayhem, I skinned the victims from the neck down, leaving only the face, and then separated the ribcage from the sternum and peeled them back to create wings. Posed the victims in various poses and stuck a black feather between two ribs, jutting from their back.

  5. In my WIP I have an eleven year old boy with type 1 diabetes shipwrecked on a tropical island full of giant man eating lizards.

  6. In a story that turned out to be not very polished, I had a character I really liked. A young Mexican man, thin with long, straight black hair who led a small gang in a southwestern town. They rode around in low rider Chevys playing loud music and selling dope. His name was Doroteo Arango, which happens to be Pauncho Villa’s real name.
    His personality was nothing like you might expect. He had gone to college, in fact held a Master’s degree from an Ivy League university in Library Science. But he couldn’t get a job so he joined the street life.
    He had a clever, self-deprecating sense of humor and never took himself too seriously unless you owed him money. I had a great time crafting his personality so that it was different than expected, yet fit who he was.
    When I killed him off, I grieved for a week. The whole megillah from shock to acceptance. I still miss him.

  7. Oh, gosh. Reading these posts makes me feel better about being so ruthless and bloodthirsty. In my thriller Shock and Awe, characters get shot, beat up, tied up, cut up, blown up, and infected with a horrific bio-weapon that causes excruciating pain and agonizing death. And that’s just the physical part. I also put my poor characters through tons of good old-fashioned emotional hell.

    All in a day’s work…. 🙂

  8. A little girl started dragging her younger brother into the bay via a rope around his neck while an older man saw it happening and then walked away.

  9. In my WIP I sadly made my protagonist O. D. on sleeping pills while antagonist pointed a gun at her lover’s head.

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