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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Are YOU a Want-To-Be?

This week I'm an invited guest author at the Barnes & Noble forum discussing flawed characters, so I thought this would be a good "partner" post.

One of the side effects of being a published writer is that any number of people tell you, “I always wanted to be a writer, but fill in the blank.”
My usual response is, “What’s stopping you?”
Usually they blink, or stammer, or come up with a litany of excuses – everything from their job, to their kids, to their volunteer obligations.
I get it. Everyone’s busy. Everyone’s stressed.
Everyone’s afraid. Or lazy. Or they really don’t want it as much as they say they do.
Does that sound harsh?
It’s not meant to be. It’s meant to be honest.
Because I’m a Want-to-be too.
I want to weigh less (but I don’t want to measure food, count calories, or live in a state of deprivation).
I want to volunteer more (but I don’t want to deal with the politics that often surround the opportunities).
I want to paint my home (but I don’t want to deal with the hassle of my two dogs messing it up).
But through the magic of fiction, I’ve created a character, in my Confessions books, Maggie Lee, who is not a Want-to-be.

She wants to provide the best possible care for her hospitalized niece, so she does…by becoming a hitwoman (an undertaking not for the lazy or faint of heart).
Now, you tell me: What are you a Want-to-be about?  Or, in what areas are you a Former-Want-to-be? 

(I’m a Former-Want-to-be an “athlete”….my overweight self has completed two half marathons (13.1 miles) and I’m doing my third later this month!)
Take three wacky aunts,
two talking animals,
one nervous bride,
and an upcoming hit,
and you've got the follow-up
to JB Lynn's wickedly funny
Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman
Knocking off a drug kingpin was the last thing on Maggie Lee's to-do list, but when a tragic accident leaves her beloved niece orphaned and in the hospital, Maggie will go to desperate lengths to land the money needed for her care.
But the drug kingpin is the least of her worries. Maggie's aunts are driving her crazy, her best friend's turned into a bridezilla…and a knock on the head has given Maggie Dr. Dolittle abilities—she can talk to animals. Unfortunately, they 
talk back.
It's just another day in the life of this neurotic hitwoman…

You just know it’s going to be a bad day when you’re stuck at a red light and Doomsday is breathing down your neck.

In this particular instance Doomsday happens to be a seventy-pound Doberman pinscher. Instead of having the voice of doom, she sounds an awful lot like an air-headed, bimbo-y blonde. “Way that! Way that!”

Did I mention that Doomsday has really lousy grammar?

“Not that way,” Severus Snape drawled from the front passenger seat. Okay, not really Snape, but God … zilla, a talking brown anole lizard with an attitude to match his namesake.

Have you followed all this so far? The superior talking lizard is in the front passenger seat, the breathy Doberman is in the back, and I, Maggie Lee, am in the driver’s seat, even though it doesn’t feel as though I’m in control of this wild ride we’re on.
I know this whole thing sounds crazy. I know animals can’t talk, but ever since I was in a terrible car accident a month ago, I can understand them. Of course I haven’t mentioned this little side effect to anyone, because I’m afraid they’ll lock up my crazy ass in the nuthouse (hell, with my luck, they’d probably make me room with my mom, who’s a long-term resident), and I’ve just got too much to do to let that happen.

Which brings me to why God and Doomsday were arguing about which direction we were headed. I needed to kill someone at a wedding.

It’s a toss-up which I hate more: killing people or weddings.

Unfortunately, I’m getting pretty good at both.

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Maureen A. Miller said...

First...congratulations on the release of Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman!
Second...congratulations on completing two half marathons. What an incredible achievement.
Third...well...I'll come back and congratulate you on painting the house later. :)

JB Lynn said...

Thanks, Maureen. I'm thinking of dipping the tails of the dogs in paint and letting them do the bottom halves of all my rooms. :-)

Rita said...

Congrats on the new book. Wishing you naby sales. Ehh when you finish painting will you come over and do my house?

Anne Marie Becker said...

I'm a wanna-weigh less person, too. :) I'm also a wanna-do-a-1/2-marathon but couldn't bring myself to sign up this year. Hoping for next year, though.

Congrats on the new release - the character sounds fabulous! :)

JB Lynn said...

Thanks for the good wishes, Rita, but no way will I paint anyone else's house! ;-)

Anne Marie -- You should TOTALLY do a half -- they're SOOO rewarding! If you have any questions/want advice, email me!

Anne Marie Becker said...

Thanks, JB, I'm definitely considering it. There's a rock-and-roll marathon near here every year. My friend and I did the Climb for Cancer on our mountain here in town. It was grueling, but I was so proud of myself when it was done. Made me think other things like that would be in my future. ;)

Marcelle Dubé said...

Congrats on the release and the half-marathons... over-achieve much? Love the excerpt of Confessions. Now I have to go buy it!

JB Lynn said...

Anne Marie -- Ooooh, I did a Rock 'N Roll half-marathon last year! They're great! Organized, terrific expo, gorgeous finisher's medal, and amazing energy. (And I did mine in the POURING rain (2 inches in the first hour, lol) and I STILL want to do another!
Do it! I'll be your virtual cheerleader!

JB Lynn said...

Thanks, Marcelle. If you knew HOW freaking slow I am you wouldn't think I'm an overachiever....just a stubborn tortoise. ;-)

Julie Moffett said...

Congrats on EVERYTHING, JB!! Can't wait to read the book. :)


Shirley Wells said...

Congrats on the new release. Wishing you mega-sales!

Congrats on those half marathons too. I'd do one but [insert any excuse you like - I've used 'em all.]

As for house painting, I leave all the decor to our dogs. One creates masterpieces on windows - nose art, I call it - and they're both convinced that 'mud' is the in colour for all walls. Who am I to argue?

JB Lynn said...

Thanks Julie and Shirley.

I have plenty of "dog art" can't stop creative geniuses.

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