Missing in Action, by Bronwen Chisholm

Missing in Action, by Bronwen Chisholm

**Spoiler alert** If you have not read As a Proper Lady Would or Son of an Earl, some parts of this post may disclose events in those books.


The new year has begun––one full month is already in the books––but I seem to be stuck in time. As you all know, I have been working on the Defying Propriety Series for over a year now. I initially thought to begin publishing last summer, but my daughter’s senior year threw a wrench in my plans. Instead, I sprinted for the finish line with two books in three months at the end of the year. Now, I’m sad to say everything has slowed again.

In my defense, this time it was my characters. The third book was plodding along, two chapters written before the second book even released, but then it just stopped. To be fair, I was releasing a book at the time and my daughter was home from college, but the truth of the matter was that I just didn’t like the way it was moving. The scenes were okay, but they felt forced. I couldn’t connect with Colonel Fitzwilliam and Miss Bingley. They had simply stopped talking.


With my daughter’s winter break extended by two weeks, I found more reasons to set the book aside. Plus, I was playing with having my website completely redesigned (reveal coming next month). Once she was on her way back to Tennessee, I realized I couldn’t stall any longer. I pushed through a third chapter and then wanted to curl up in a ball and cry. It just wasn’t working, and I had promised another book. I had threads to tie up and other characters standing in line for their turn.

Finally, I decided to go back to the beginning––well, almost. I pulled out As a Proper Lady Would and turned to the section where Caroline and the Colonel first began their courtship. I know, it isn’t blatant, but I needed to know what was happening in the room when they first noticed one another. I pulled out several scenes where I could “play” with the background action and then looked at areas where Darcy and Elizabeth weren’t in Hertfordshire. Not only did I start to find Caroline and Philip’s voices, Jane and Bingley stepped forward as well.

Now, if you have read Son of an Earl, you know they are already wed. (I apologize to Jane and Bingley fans for skimming over their relationship. It just wasn’t fitting into the story I was telling.) BUT . . . it appears they want their say as well. As we stepped into February, a new plan began for not only the Colonel and his lady, but the new Mr. and Mrs. Bingley. Although the Bingleys’ story will not be a full novel, it may become a novella or perhaps a gift to my readers or maybe they will thrust themselves into the third novel and make the others share. I don’t have any excerpts for you just yet, but I am working on it. I ask for your patience and a few prayers that these storms will stop stirring up my migraines.

Hoping you all have a wonderful February, a lovely Valentine’s Day, and an early spring! 

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February 13, 2022 11:15 PM

Hoping the weather will coopertae and be nice. Looking forward to your next story.

Happy Valentine’s everyone!

February 13, 2022 4:54 PM

It must be so much harder to try to write a sequel when you already have set characters! Good luck with this one, I do hope it gets easier.

Jean Stillman
Jean Stillman
February 11, 2022 6:39 AM

Sometimes we feel like life gets in the way. But in ten years, those memories will mean everything.

Sue Barr
February 10, 2022 8:56 AM

I know exactly what you are going through, Bronwen. When the characters stop talking to you (and some cut you direct! *gasp*), it is time to go back and purge words. Fear not, words will come again, and maybe, if you are a patient author, the high society of pronouns (read that as Author’s Almack’s) will give you a voucher to one of their balls. 😉

February 9, 2022 6:04 PM

So glad you found your muse again.

cindie snyder
cindie snyder
February 9, 2022 10:06 AM

Take care of family first we’ll all be waiting to read more! Hopefully it will come along!

J. W. Garrett
J. W. Garrett
February 9, 2022 9:29 AM

No worries. Your family comes first. Remember… kids grow up. They will only be with you for a short time and those moments with them are precious. You will be writing for a long time [hopefully] and we are here to cheer you onward. The story/book is finished when it’s finished. You can’t force it. Characters are notorious for changing directions from what you had intended… nefarious creatures. You just have to go with the flow. We understand and look forward to the launch. Blessings on all your hard work.

Riana Everly
February 9, 2022 8:49 AM

It’s amazing how life interferes with our very best plans. I hope you were able to enjoy your family time, even if it interfered with your writing schedule.
I’m glad your characters are talking to each other again. 🙂

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