Who’s That Girl?
Over a year ago I set out to write a series called “Ladies of the Pen” about three women—Suzanne, Noreen and Claudia. As each book featuring a different woman hit the shelves, I was thrilled by the warm reception by readers. Right now I should be talking about Claudia Madison whose book BENEATH THE COVERS is currently out now.
But a strange thing happened after Book #2 PAGES OF PASSION (November 2010) came out. People started asking me about a fourth woman. I didn’t even realize there was a fourth woman, but readers told me there was. Who? I wondered. Then there questions made it clear.
“Are you going to tell Arlene’s story?”
Arlene? Noreen’s wild sister Arlene? The Arlene whose last boyfriend ended up arrested? The woman whose theme song is “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” by Aretha Franklin? That Arlene?
I was amazed. Actually stunned. How had this fourth woman taken center stage in some readers’ mind? But that’s not all. I was even more surprised that people wanted to know more about her. Especially since after years of heartache I thought I’d given her a happy ending at the end of PAGES. She ends up with an attractive, good guy!
That’s the fascinating thing I love about stories, they can take on a life of their own and especially the characters who inhabit them. So to those readers who have queried me I thank you for embracing Arlene. Who knows she may pop up again somewhere…