I have referenced the Plot Fairies repeatedly, but I've never gone into great detail on what exactly the Plot Fairies are. It's difficult to explain. They are more than a muse, but I suppose that is the best way to describe it. Actually, I think the best way to describe it is to share a Plot Fairy story.
I was several months into writing Abigail Phelps when the most outstanding Plot Fairy sighting took place. What is now book one was essentially done. Abby's "AbbyWorld" story was firmly in place in my mind. I knew what my story was. It was already set in stone (since I make it a point to etch my first drafts into boulders) that her name was Abigail Phelps and much of her life was spent living in Simsbury, Connecticut. One Saturday afternoon, I was taking a nap (which I never do, but that day I did) when my hubby woke me by saying, "Hey, you have to see this." The "this" that he was referring to was this:
"WHAT? I mean...WHAT?!? What is th... WHAT?!?"
I asked him if he had made it, he had thought that I had. I was giggling and confused and delighted and a little scared. Yes, scared. It didn't make sense! And then I started doing my research.
But isn't research something you do before you write a book, you may ask?
To that, I say, Shut Up. And also, I had NO idea that I was even going to finish the book, much less turn it into a series and publish it. So give me a break! So I started doing my research and discovered the legacy of Abigail Phelps and the Phelps family in the town of Simsbury, CT.
And Abby's family history was born.
I'd had no idea that Abby had a family history - not that mattered anyway. But because of that photo, I discovered that she did have a family history, and that it mattered very much. Abby is who she is because of that history, because of that photo. Because of the Plot Fairies.
The writing of the Abigail Phelps Series is full of stories like that. Characters and plot points and circumstances were delivered to me on a Bolero-purple platter, and though I poured time and energy and hard work and everything else into writing the books, in so many ways they also wrote themselves.
Do some research yourselves. Look into some of Abby's delusional life, and discover how much of it really happened.
(Now keep in mind, this won't mean much unless you've read the book!)
Watch this clip and picture Abby watching at home...
For these and a million other reasons, I believe I've written a book that is meant to be read. I'm not claiming it will ever be a bestseller, or an award winner, but it was meant to be read. Please read it.
The Plot Fairies and I will be extremely grateful.