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On Killing Stephen

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Icry over characters meme always knew I should have killed Stephen.  Don’t get me wrong, he was a great guy.  Committed Dad, loving husband (okay, widower after I killed his wife).  I was the one who first brought him to the party, and I was very fond of him, but it was always the plan to kill him.  And it was a glorious, honorable death.  I felt good about it.  Stephen had to go.  At least, until my critique group caught wind of it.   Maybe I’d done too good a job of emphasizing Stephen’s greatness.  Since I’d be killing him, I had made him admittedly one dimensional.  I didn’t need to get into the fact that maybe he was a little egotistical about his intellect, and he definitely had been a little short sighted testing his cancer cure on his seven year old son, even if it had worked.  But I didn’t care to show his flaws, because he was going to die in the beginning of chapter three.  This was my first book, The Dobson Project, and I bowed to the pressure and Stephen lived!  Unfortunately, this meant substantial plot revisions. Although this meant Drew didn’t have to be an orphan any longer, I still sometimes think…shoulda killed Stephen! 


Author: Carrie Maldonado

Carrie Maldonado, is an organizational development consultant, author, and speaker. Carrie's eclectic mix of professional interests include writing, speaking, coaching, and consulting on topics ranging from organizational behavior management to spiritual transformation in and out of the workplace. Carrie lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her patient and long-suffering husband and their three children.

One thought on “On Killing Stephen

  1. I’m glad you let him live. I wouldn’t have wanted Drew to be all alone

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