For a couple of weeks now, I've been trying to figure out the heroine's conflict in The Gift. Usually when I start a story, i start with the character who is more vividly present. In this case, Kamali came forth first and started telling his story.
It flowed until I needed to get into Ebun's head. She was as closed up as a clam, making it difficult to figure out her backstory. I knew where she was headed but I didn't quite know why or where she'd come from.
I didn't want her pandering to Kamali. He is already her boss in their professional lives. So when things get personal she needs to have a back bone and their power dynamic has to balance out.
Then just this morning, her conflict came to me. Suddenly everything makes sense.
And it's brilliant!
Now, I know where she's been and I know why she's the way she is.
And I'm so freaking excited.
You'll see what I mean when you read it.
I'm writing and loving it!