Emerging Writers: Guest Post #17 – Betrayal of Trust – corporate conspiracy & a character’s story
Betrayal of Trust by B. B. Wright – Fiction/Adventure/Thriller
So what is it about?
Edward Slocum is the executive vice president of a pharmaceutic firm in Canada.
During a walk at their plant he’s very surprised to see men with machine guns. KemKor is up to something, something illegal. As his suspicions mount about his own employers, Edward finds himself on a roller-coaster ride of events that may change both his life and the community he lives and works in.
So B. B. Wright, tell us who you are?
First of all, I am a Canadian who lives in the province of Ontario.
With degrees in mathematics and education, I have worked in industry, business and education. I co-authored the first mathematics textbook series in Canada for Prentice-Hall.
I left teaching for a while to work as a real-estate appraiser; later returning to teach adults in a retraining program.
During that period, I co-authored “A Guide for Public Involvement” for industry through the Canadian Standards Association and assisted an environmental group “Future Builders,” in a consulting role. Before beginning my writing career, I studied under the tutelage of Canadian author Sandra Birdsell at Humber College’s School for Writers.
Here’s BB’s post:
Storytelling is my way of showing gratitude to the books and people who have shaped my life. The evolution of ideas and characters within the writing process is a relationship with ‘best friends.’ Never a job!
That relationship is a commitment, a responsibility and a promise to always do my best to get it right. When I tuck my characters in at the end of a day, I often linger for awhile—like best friends often do—before I turn off my computer.
I am more an organic writer (what some call a pantser) than a plotter. I have a general idea about how I want the novel to begin and end but, outside of that, that’s it. Let me give you a couple of examples of what I mean.
One of the characters in my book, Janet Thompson, was originally slated to be a minor character but I enjoyed her character so much against that of Charlotte Bradley and later Edward Slocum I was compelled to write her in—a decision I never regretted. Maybe you’ll understand from this excerpt: Most days—and today wasn’t one of them—60-year-old Janet Thompson didn’t look a day older than 50. She had a tendency to be plump, but she kept it in check by her vigorous lifestyle.
She preferred pants to skirts and boots, preferably work boots, to the conventional fashion that graced a woman’s foot. She liked hard liquor, preferably single-malt Irish whiskey, and she enjoyed poker with an occasional cigar. She never fit into the typical image of a teacher, but she liked that just fine, too—and so, as it turned out, did the community.
Within a chapter, I often throw ‘curve balls’ in order to see what may happen. In one particular chapter, while being pursued, both Charlotte and Janet were originally to cover a distance undetected in the dark. I decided to change it so that only one would arrive in the gully.
Here’s how it finally looked:
“There’s no time to waste, dearie. We’re heading there.” Janet pointed to the location she had chosen beside the egg factory. “Now!” Crouching low, they began running toward the egg facility. Janet felt something bite her neck, and she stumbled and fell. Dazed at first, she shook it off and recovering to her feet, began to run—but she knew her pace had slowed dramatically.
She felt groggy and her vision was blurred. She could barely see Charlotte ahead of her. The light ahead was blinding. There’s not supposed to be a light. My legs! She fell to the ground like a rag doll. Shit, it was a trap!
In the early stages, I was swimming in self-doubt. But, I have come to learn that doubt isn’t a bad thing. It keeps you honest to yourself, your art and your fans. Like the small child who first learns how to walk, writing begins one step at a time. Most important of all: NEVER QUIT!
Thanks BB for being our seventeenth guest post writer. I am always interested in conspiracy stories and how people fight back against corruption. I wish you well with your writing.
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