Laughing My Head Off

24 Jun

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

I just finished laughing my head off. Rebekah and I were talking about how leaving the reader   hanging is a good business plan.  Her new release, “Julianne”, unlike “Summer Storms” ties up all the   loose ends, but so many of her beta readers want to know more about Peter the painter. I would like to see him have his own book. Her response is what left me laughing.

“I can’t believe how many people like Peter. I really just threw him into the book as filler, I thought when I was writing him that it was the worst writing I had ever done. I actually wrote him when I was on the ship’s verandah and you said I was sleep writing.”


I continued to laugh at how befuddled she was with Peter’s popularity.

Really, I need to know what people find so appealing in him.

I tried to explain why I found him interesting but she still didn’t get it. The whole conversation confirmed to me that I was right and my English teachers were wrong. (Take THAT Mrs. Fritch) I had many arguments with them about what Hemingway or Steinbeck meant in their books or what a poet was trying to say. They were dead, how did the teacher KNOW my thoughts weren’t correct. I surmise a lot of authors would be like Rebekah and shocked at reader’s take on their work.

So what about you? Do you have a character that demands to step out of the background and have it’s own story?

“Julianne” by Rebekah Lyn is available on Kindle  and paperback at

“Sumer Storms is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble for eBook  and paperback. Also available at

2 Responses to “Laughing My Head Off”

  1. DiVoran June 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    It is funny that Rebekah doesn’t know why Peter is so interesting when he is one of her very own characters. I wanted to get to know him (and his artistic talents) better too when I read Julianne. I can’t tell you why I thought Peter was so appealing. He must have come from some deep place in Rebekah’s soul and spoken to some deep place the readers’ souls. Ah the mysteries of the subconscious mind, who can fathom them? Teachers? No. Students? No. Maybe that’s where we got the phrase, (and I say this most reverently) God only knows.


    • oldthingsrnew June 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

      Truly, only God does know and I think that is the thrill of writing Christian fiction.


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