by Maxine Davis
I am delighted to refresh your memory of a favorite post by my friend, Sandra Elzie. It is called, “Stealing The Scene,” and involves her introducing five-year-old Kelsey in the book, The Diplomatic Tutor. Her editor fell in love with this sweet, loveable little girl that was full of mischief. You will, too, when you read it. You will love the character, but it is important to me because as loveable as she is, she does not overtake the book from the hero and heroine.
Stealing The Scene
by Sandra Elzie
I’m currently taking a writing class with Nancy Knight entitled Well Begun Is Half Done. Maybe that’s the reason I dreamed about her last night. (Can you imagine???)
In the dream, she was handing out an assignment, telling us to write about children or animals. She said that we were to write the scene so that the child or the animal “stole” the scene from the hero and/or the heroine.
The dream seemed so real as my brain started churning and churning…trying to come up with a way that a child could accomplish this. Well, in reality, I know it’s not all that hard. Just make them cute, cuddly and irresistible.
In fact, the first book I sold, The Diplomatic Tutor, now available on Kindle e-books, Chelsea Gilmore (my editor at that time) told me she bought the book because of my precocious five-year old…and how I had the little darling hesitate for a moment, glance around to be sure no one was watching and then hike her leg over a banister and slide down to the bottom of the stairs.
Now, I realize Shelby wasn’t “stealing” a scene from the hero or heroine when she took her quick trip down to bump into the newel post, BUT that scene gives you an example of how the little girl faced life throughout the book. In need of a suitcase for her Barbie doll clothes??? Simple to remedy….just dump all of Dad’s things on the floor and use his briefcase. Problem solved!
- See more at: http://www.petitfoursandhottamales.com/2013/04/23/stealing-the-scene/#sthash.od2SIsf3.dpuf
Sandra Elzie also writes as Sandra McGregor and has produced the following books:
Pennies on the Dollar,
and Wrangler for Hire, all of which can be found on Amazon.com.
Enjoy Sandra Elzie/Sandra McGregor and HAPPY READING, EVERYONE