2020 has really been a weird year, hasn’t it? Outside of being active on my Facebook Group I haven’t really made any public updates. Sorry about that.
Writing slowly progressed throughout the year, but on top of the COVID stuff, I’ve also bought a house and moved, had to establish a new family unit, left my job, finally finished my degree, started another position, and struggled with crippling mental health issues. None of that is an excuse, of course, because writing is an escape for me. But it was extremely hard to get into a good mental space this last year.
I get a lot of questions about my characters, series, and their motives. I write because I enjoy it, and because I believe in my characters and their stories. As my readers know, The Grimm Cases covers a variety of serious topics, and I knew I’d lose a certain readership over this. But I do want to make something perfectly clear: Bianca’s past is not something that has been thrown in to dramatize the plot or follow trends.
There are eighteen books in this series, not including spin-off worlds and novellas, and I’ve plotted things far, far in advanced. Nothing is random. Everything in the series has been leading up to the reveal of Bianca’s past in Hidden. In Origins, it’s even stated:
Bianca, while overly dramatic even at the best of times (not to mention prophetic), isn’t just referring to her ability to see ghosts in this statement. I am deliberately and consciously covering such topics as human trafficking, childhood sexual abuse, and the long-term impact on its victims in my writing, and I refuse to apologize for that. Childhood sexual abuse impacts many people, and every victim has a different way of coping. If you’re looking for a series where it’s brushed off as a plot device and nothing else, then Grimm is also not the series for you.
Onward to Balance. In the upcoming book (which is to be released on January 19th), we continue to explore the impact of Bianca’s past and how it affects her current and future relationships. Specifically as, as a character, Bianca’s best defense is avoidance.
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