I’m in the final edits of Captain Patty and Veronica’s Vengeance, and I have to tell you…I’m regretting something major that I’ve done in this series.
(Incoming spoilers in case you haven’t read the first book in the Captain Patty series or are not wanting some small snippets from the upcoming book.)
Yes, Patrick. The original Patrick Peterson and the second Captain Patty’s husband. If you recall, there’s a small blurb about him in Book One that says he was shot and killed by Rudiger Bartleby during a pirate raid. Patty (the wife) and baby Reuben escaped and went on to become who we know them as today- a chocolate-addicted cartographer and a sassy pre-teen with a love for all things stink pot.
But as I’ve been working on Book Three, and writing Patty’s backstory on how she met and fell in love with Patrick, I find myself saying, “Oops!” Maybe I shouldn’t have offed Patrick so quickly before I developed his character to something more than a name. He’s been too fun to explore and he’s brought a lot of comedy and life to the story. Should I have really ended it so soon?
It’s one of the struggles of being an author: when do you write off a character? Grant it, Patrick’s death leads Patty to get her own ship and keeps her and Reuben safe for a while from Bartleby, but still…when you grow to love a character so much, it’s hard to part with them. (Believe it or not, character write-offs are sometimes just as hard for the writers as it is for the readers.)
So I guess this post serves as a giant “Oops” to my readers. If you enjoy Patrick as much as I, I’m sorry to say he doesn’t come back (what happens in Book One can’t exactly be erased). I do hope that, despite his appearance in only one book, you’ll enjoy his presence and contributions to the story, short as it might be.
And if people really, really, really enjoy his character, well…I guess there’s always a spin-off. 😉
Have a wonderful week!