(Blog Challenge, Day 24) The five favorite moments in Lotus.

  1. The first flashback of Lotus and Gabe in his college apartment.  I could envision it clearly. I felt her anxiety as if I was there, eavesdropping on his living room couch with a bowl of popcorn.  I loved every moment of it.
  2. The first conversation between Lotus, Lola and Dakota at Lola’s house.  Even if the conversation was fictional, I’ve had it 1,000 times before in real life.
  3. THE KISS.
  4. The argument between Nick and Lotus in the hospital lobby because the depth of their issues finally began to be revealed.  
  5. The entire Third Trimester.

 

Kay

 

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(Blog Challenge, Day 22) Nick or Gabe…Whose team am I on?

I’m not telling!

If Lotus was a girlfriend of mine I would secretly advocate for one over the other (although I could honestly understand if she ended up with either guy).  Nick and Gabe both know her…and I mean really know her…in very intimate and distinct ways.

Nick, who was there to witness her trauma and understands her scares, knows her vulnerabilities.  As we see in the book, this knowledge works for and against Lotus.  Nevertheless, I could understand why Nick is the person who Lotus chose to trust her heart with – he is protective, he is secure, and he is willing to love her where she is (figuratively and literally).

On the other hand, nothing about Gabe is certain and the romantic in me likes the risk factor that comes with him.  The very act of choosing someone who has hurt you is the grandest of gestures…a huge leap of faith in and of itself.  Yet, even in light of Gabe’s questionable trustworthiness, he still manages to show his own vulnerabilities. He also forces Lotus to face her own.  Like a heaping plate of vegetables, something about Gabe’s blunt honesty seems good for Lotus.  (Yes, I know this is a lame analogy but just go with it…)

The question moving forward is whether it’s even realistic for Lotus to end up with either guy.  If you trust that she was operating from the best possible place (given her circumstances) with full information, then we have to believe that her decision (at the end of the first novel) was not purely based on emotion but some logic.  If that’s the case then my sweet girl has to end up alone because she already made a very sensible decision about Gabe, and Nick left her so he could eat croissants and walk along the Seine.

But I’m rooting for Lotus and I don’t want her to end up alone.  Yet in order for her to make the right decision, we need to know more about her universe.  Why did she depend so heavily on Lola and Dakota?  Why was Nick so protective?  Is there a side of Gabe or Nick that we didn’t see?  How could they all live in the same city and not cross paths in the past? In the real world, there are less than six degrees of separation so there is bound to be someone out there who knows the three people in this love triangle. If that person were to exist, it would be interesting to see what they might bring to the story…,Stay tuned!

-Kay

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(Blog Challenge, Day 21): The thing I am least afraid of after writing Lotus…

The first time I believed Lotus was finished on May 27, 2013, I felt a sense of bittersweet pride.

The second time I believed it was finished on December 26, 2013, I felt anxiety, excitement, and relief.

The third, fourth, fifth and sixth times I believed it was finished, I felt confident, yet mildly insecure.

The seven and (final) time I believed it was finished, I was just plain old exhausted..

Despite the 187 years that it took me to complete Lotus, my gratitude for it being out there for consumption continues to trump my fear of it not being well-received.  Believing that it was truly my best effort has been an award in and of itself.  Even after rereading the last five chapters of the book today, I noted things that I wish I would have added and things that probably would have served the book better if they were left out.  Yet somehow, none of that seems to keep me up at night, which is an astonishing feat for someone like me.  In a strange sense, my illogical lack of anxiety forces me to believe that writing this story is exactly what I am supposed to be doing at this point in my life.  So whatever comes from this path is much easier to accept than if I never tried at all..

 

-Kay

Kay’s debut novel, Lotus, is now available on Amazon.com, iBooks, and BarnesandNoble.com.

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