So here’s the ugly truth: there are some characters who I’m very, very unlikely to write another entire book about. As much as I love them, and as much as I love that YOU love them, I feel like a prolonged revisiting of their lives would do them — and you — an injustice.
But . . . occasionally, there are moments that didn’t make it into the final book that I wouldn’t mind sharing. Those are the Outtakes. And then there are other moments that come to me in my sleep or while I’m in the lounge of an airport for one of my all-too-frequent business trips where I see a moment, an exchange between friends, parents and children, husband and wife that pulls me back into the lives of characters I’ve moved on from, and I feel compelled to write those moments. Those are the Drop-ins.
So to introduce this new series of shorts, I give you one of each.
In the first drop-in The Haircut Shawn and Riley, from Commitment prepare for a rite of passage for their son. This one was inspired by a scene I witnessed of a little boy hugging his father’s leg in Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport. Not only was the scene incredibly heartwarming, but it reminded me of the emails I get from so many of you, curious to see more of Shawn in his role as father and husband. So this one’s for you . . .
The first outtake, Christmas Eve is a portion of The Seduction of Dylan Acosta that didn’t make it into the final book. It was really important to me to show the development of a closeness between Dylan and Mark’s family and to contrast that with her distance from her own mother. This scene was about that contrast.
In Call Me, an outtake from Secret, this is an alternate version of the confrontation that led to Shayla finally telling Trey why she was so guarded. I eventually decided not to use it because I thought the scene was better told from Trey’s point of view. This version is told from Shayla’s viewpoint though it starts with Trey learning from Darren that Shayla has come to him in a time of crisis.