Character Profile – Mason Runyon

It’s Monday! As you may have noticed, Character Profiles have moved to Monday’s and Settings will now be on Friday. I don’t have a good reason for the switch other than I was almost done with my schedule for the month before I noticed I had done it. Oh well, we shall adjust accordingly.

This lovely Monday, we are going to talk about Mason Runyon. He’s the main male character in No Ordinary Love. I’m not gonna lie, he was barely more than two dimensional when I went back and read the first draft of No Ordinary Love, and that made me really sad. So I’ve been thinking a lot about him as a character. I knew who he was, but it didn’t come through in the writing so well. I’m still in the process of editing the first draft and working on the second draft, but I’m already much happier with Mason’s character development. So, without further ado, let’s get to talking about the man of the hour shall we?

Mason James Runyon is the only child of Levi and Sarah Runyon and grew up in Florida. His parents still live in his childhood home and have a happy family life. They didn’t have much money when he was coming up, but he’s more than made up for it. He enjoys being able to take care of his parents and some of his extended family.

He joined Between Sundays when he was sixteen, and has been working hard ever since. He plays piano and guitar and occasionally dabbles in songwriting thought he doesn’t believe he’s that good at it. If he ever quit the music industry, he isn’t sure what he would do with his life, but knows he’d have plenty of time to figure it out.

Eventually he’d love to get married and settle down, have a family, but he’s only 25 and isn’t really ready for that. He’s currently still in his party phase and maybe enjoys that just a bit too much. His current girlfriend of just over a year, Natalia “Lia” Patterson, and he are on the same wavelength as far as where they are in life. It isn’t until Mason starts to make some changes that they start having issues.

His best friend, Parker Anderson, is also in the band. At 24, he’s the closest in age to Mason himself and they developed a close bond quite quickly. While on the road, and at home, the two love to get together and play video games or go out and do things that they may have missed out on in high school, like putt putt golf. They’re known to be a little wild when they get together, but no one knows Mason like Parker does. Except for maybe Mason’s other best friend Ember.

Ember Kelley and Mason were classmates starting in kindergarten. They were thick as thieves growing up and ended up sharing their first kiss in the treehouse in Mason’s backyard a couple of weeks before Ember and her family moved away. They were barely thirteen at the time. Once Between Sunday’s started getting some local attention, Ember found her way back to Mason, paying to get into a meet and greet just on the off chance he’d remember her. She didn’t have much expectation when she saw him, but Mason remembered her very quickly. It didn’t take long for the two of them to return to the closeness of their former childhood friendship.

Although in the three years since they’ve been reunited the two haven’t dated or said anything about wanting to, the people closest to them wouldn’t be surprised if that eventually happened. Mason and Ember are quick to deny any feelings between them other than their close friendship, but no one else is disillusioned to their blind spot for one another. There aren’t many people that Mason would drop everything for, and Ember is one of them, and she is the same way about him.

Things kind of come to a head between Mason and Ember after she starts dating someone new. Mason, after some big lifestyle changes of his own, becomes a bit more self-aware of his actual feelings for Ember. He can finally see what everyone else has been talking about. Ember, however, remains oblivious. This leads to quite a bit of conflict for these two characters.

About a hundred bad decisions later, Mason is convinced he’s lost his best friend forever. He struggles with how to make things right and move on from there. He hopes that Ember will forgive him, and at the very least they can get their friendship back, even if it isn’t the same as it was before. He hopes that she might feel the same way for him that he does for her, but he isn’t confident enough in that thought to allow that hope to grow too much. He really just wants his best friend back so they can lounge on the couch and eat junk food while they watch a movie or play a game together.

I’m hoping with the new found information about Mason, or at least a better awareness of the lack of him that I put into the story, that the story will only be better this draft. I’m excited for it. Thanks for checking it out! Have a great day guys!

Currently Writing

As you have probably figured out by the last couple of posts, I am always working on Short Story Saturday, however, I am also writing something else as well.

Just before my world blew up, I started working on the sequel for Noctivagus, tentatively titled Paroxysm. So far, I’m about twenty chapters in and already I know it needs some structuring. I am really excited about it actually.

Then just before the holidays, I got the manuscript evaluation back from my editor Erika, over at The Werd Nerd. You guys should check her out, she’s amazing! She sent me such a detailed report, that the work that needs to be done doesn’t seem all that daunting really. I am actually excited about the changes that have to be made for Noctivagus.

So how do I keep writing the sequel if I’m still making changes on the first story? Good question. I just know I have a lot to make happen, and the worst thing I could do is to stop writing. I took the last couple of weeks off to spend time with my family that visited for the holidays. Well, they left yesterday, so I am excited to get together with Erika and talk over the list she sent.

I have plans to keep writing the sequel, as it stands, Reid is facing a couple of challenges at the moment, and some of them are personal while some of them are a bit bigger than that. He’s having a bit of trouble working through some of these challenges and it’s starting to show in his stress levels. In addition to all of that he’s continuing to work. He’s still on Penelope’s protection detail, but he has his work to do for Atlas still.

I’m excited to see how this year shapes up as a writing year. I wrote three novel length stories last year, and a couple of short stories. Due to personal setbacks, I have been negligent in writing as much as I wanted to, but this year, I’m going to work as hard as I can to keep not only my writing on track as well as my writing platform running as well.

Well, have a great day guys! See you later!

Sorry for the Absence.

So, as I stated on my Instagram, I ran into a few obstacles the last couple of months and had to pull some of the irons out of the fire. My Amber Marie Writes platform was one of them. If you follow my personal blog at all, you already know some of this, but I’d like to tell you all about it anyway.

So, 2020 has been a rough year for everyone, I don’t want to minimize that at all. Back in March, I lost my dad after a long health battle. We knew it was coming, but that didn’t make it any easier. The day after he died, the entire state of Michigan shut down so it took months to be able to do anything. My brother and I made the best of a bad situation and did what we could during the pandemic. We kept our families safe and we grieved as best we could while we both continued to work. It eventually started to be easier to breathe and as we were able to get things done, it helped with at least part of the grieving process but it really threw us for a loop. Losing a parent is always hard, and the hoops we were required to jump through made it worse.

We started to get better, and we started to move on, but we still hadn’t had a funeral so we just kept going. Then things started to get bad again, the covid number started to go up again. We lost a Great Aunt who I was very close to in the beginning of October and that threw me for a loop. I was gone about a week and then the unthinkable happened. My mom, also fighting long term health problems, died. It was a shock and it derailed the steps I was taking to get back to do what I was doing and running this multi-platform platform. I spent most of the next couple of weeks consoling my sisters and trying to figure out how to breathe.

Did I mention that we had finally been given the go ahead to do my Dad’s funeral? So after seven months, we were going to finally get the closure on that. So, there was a lot going on emotionally and I went to bed emotionally and mentally drained. It didn’t help that there was a heaping pile of guilt on top of everything, because even though I’d lost two parents, my biological parents were still alive. That made me feel a little guilty, even though there was no guilt to be had. A week after my Mom died, my aunt died just as suddenly. That was three deaths in three weeks while also planning a funeral. Saying it was rough was an understatement.

The first weekend of November, I had my Dad’s funeral on Friday, and my Mom’s memorial on Saturday. Sunday, I tried to just exist. Then came the part where I tried to put the pieces back together and figure out how to live again. The days were getting shorter. The kids were home from school, we had to quarantine, because we came in contact with a family member with Covid. It was a lot to get used to. Eventually, thanks to my therapist and my family, I was able to find balance again.

Some days are still a struggle, but I went back to school, I sent my book off to my editor, and my kids from California will be here in about twelve days. There is Christmas to decorate for, and school work to do. Life, as they say, goes on. It’s certainly a different world than I started the year in, but I think I can figure it out. I think I can learn to live in this new reality, what choice do I have? So bear with me as we get back on track here, cause I promise, there is good stuff coming down the pipeline.

Goddess knows after a year like this, we deserve it. Stay safe everyone. Happy Holidays.

What I’m writing

So, idea time. What say we talk a little about the book I’m currently working on. Sound good? Okay then.

Currently, I’m working on a story called No Ordinary Love. I absolutely love this story. It’s one of my oldest ideas, only this time it’s been remixed. When I came up with the idea, I was maybe seventeen, and still fully engrossed in writing nothing but fan fiction. I had original ideas, but an entire cast of original characters was a bit scary at that time.

I’d already written four mediocre excuses for fan fiction by the time this idea came to me. Honestly, it was one of the most beautiful things I had written to date. I was so proud of it. I worked incredibly hard on it as well, filled notebook after notebook with ramblings. I’m pretty sure I did more writing for that story in English class my senior year than I did actual homework.

Sadly, before I left for the Navy, I was sorting through old stories and got rid of a lot of things. Something someone had said to me made me angry and I threw everything away. Well, almost everything, I saved one or two of the really bad stories, but not this one. I hadn’t finished it, but I knew what was going to happen. It went into the garbage bag with the rest and then to the trash.

Flash forward fifteen years. I still thought about this story a lot. I thought about it with increasing frequency to the point that I just knew I had to get it out again. This time it was going to be all original characters. This time I was going to do it right, and finish it and to hell with anyone who thought it was garbage.

The name for the story came from something I remember very vividly writing in the margins of the notebooks I had written it in originally. I like to listen to music while I write, and when I hit a block I used to doodle in the margin while I thought. It didn’t occur to me until I was re-reading it one day, way back when, and saw the same three words in the margins of about twenty pages in a row. It must be a sign right? Well, seventeen year old me thought so. So you can credit the Backstreet Boys for the title of this one.

The story itself didn’t change, at least not the overall premise. Girl has best friend when they’re little. Girl moves away just before seventh grade and they never see one another again. That is, until one of them starts showing up on posters and the radio. Well, it’s been years since they’ve seen each other, she has to go and see him, and hopefully he’ll remember her. Good news (Spoiler!) he does!

So what happens between them, now that they’ve reunited and been as strong as they always had even a decade later? How will he react when her newest boyfriend happens to be one of his friends? What happens then?

No Ordinary Love follows Ember and Mason and the ways that their friendship is tested and changes due to the every day stressors of life. I can’t wait to finish it so that I can get it out for everyone to enjoy! I’ll keep you posted.

Have a great day guys, thanks for joining me!

Welcome!

Hello! Welcome to Amber Marie Writes!

I just wanted to pen a short thing and let you know that I’m glad you’re here! I, as you may have guessed, am Amber Marie. I like to write a lot of different things, mostly fiction. I always have a bunch of stuff that I’m working on. There’s a list of about fifteen different stories that I need to write right now. It’s a list. I’m working on it, I swear. Right now, I’m working on one story, while editing another and tracking one that’s been recently published. I’m also getting ready for the next story that I’m going to be writing, and then, there’s always NaNoWriMo that I have to prepare for as well and Preptober begins soon.

So come along with me on this journey and hear about my writing! Follow me on Insta and Facebook to stay up to date on all things Amber Marie Writes! See you guys soon!