“There has to be justice for taking something as pure as love from a person and causing so much pain in return.” — Water Under The Bridge, Britney King
As I wrote previously, I have a lot to tell you…
Today, I want to share the new and improved cover and synopsis for Water Under The Bridge. It’s a toss up between whether I love this book or its sequel more, but I will say of the characters I have written, these are my favorite.
First, though, I want to take a second to address something…
One thing I vowed to stop doing was ‘defending’ my work. I see other writers do it and I think ‘oh, honey’ and all the while I know I’ve been so guilty of doing it myself. Part of this, in my opinion, is just a sign of the times. Readers have unprecedented access to authors these days and vice versa. For example, if you read my reviews many of them refer to me by my first name even though I’ve never met 99.9 % of those readers in real life. They feel like they know me, which in large part means I’m doing my job. This is ultimately a good thing— however— as with any relationship, it can be a double edge sword. There comes a time when trying to make someone else happy means not being true to yourself. Also, as the old adage goes, you can’t please everyone. Try as you might. 🙂
Anyway, the moral of this story is… I wanted to talk about Water Under The Bridge being… different. I’m not defending it. I’m explaining it. 😉 I may have said this before but some of my favorite films are those that are told in unorthodox ways. Films like No Country For Old Men, Reservoir Dogs, and the obvious Pulp Fiction are favorites of mine for this very reason.
Reviewers have posted that Water Under The Bridge is written in letter form. What they actually mean is that it is written in second person point of view.
This is what the web has to say about that:
In fiction, pure second-person POV uses the perspective of a single character, the protagonist, to tell the story. This character is well-defined, with habits and traits and a unique personality. The reader is simply placed “behind” this character, seeing and experiencing the world through his eyes, body and mind.
If you, as the writer, pull it off, this POV creates instant, complete empathy between the reader and the protagonist. It makes every thought and action her own and evokes emotional responses from her gut.
If you aren’t successful, though, reading in this POV can be a highly annoying experience for your audience.
Writing in the second person means treading a fine line. When you write in this POV, you’re very clearly attempting to manipulate the reader’s thoughts and emotions. Not all readers will take well to this strategy.
That said, my goal here (aside from what’s written above) was to tell a story about the evolution of a new relationship through the other person’s eyes. I wanted to be inside the character’s mind constantly, to understand the world entirely from their perspective (via their inner thoughts), to dissect what motivates their actions, not just what they want to show to the world.
And so, that’s what I did.
I wrote a dark, twisted, (sick?) love story.
I just hope I did it justice. 🙂
The updated synopsis:
A CHILLING ROMANTIC SUSPENSE THRILLER
As a woman who feels her clock ticking every single moment of the day, former bad girl Kate Anderson is desperate to reinvent herself. So when she sees a handsome stranger walking toward her, she feels it in her bones, there’s no time like the present. He’s the one.
Kate vows to do whatever it takes to have what she wants, even if that something is becoming someone else. Now, ten pounds thinner, armed with a new name, and a plan, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s created in her mind.
But Kate has secrets.
And too bad for her, that handsome stranger has a few of his own.
With twists and turns you won’t see coming, Water Under The Bridge explores the immense pressure that many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a protagonist whose hard edges and cutthroat ambition will leave you questioning your judgment and straddling the line between what’s right and wrong.
The new and improved cover:
Image: Grant Reid Photography