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Why I decided to write my book

The notion of writing a book started about nine years ago with a concept of a beautiful and wealthy young woman who flitted around the world socializing in the circles of the international elite from the worlds of business, politics, sports, fashion etc. She was the “jet setting” consummate “party girl.” As I continued to conceptualize my intended protagonist – the character fell flat and I couldn’t break through and write about her seemingly frivolous existence. She was shallow and one dimensional.

The idea of writing a novel was shelved for a long time, as I surmised if I was bored with the character my potential readers too would lose interest. I still brainstormed ideas – but I couldn’t write through my blockages. Frustrated and fraught with self doubt, I figured the whole book writing process best be left to highly creative individuals.

But I was still motivated and something continued to gnaw at me – providing a glimmer of hope that maybe this wasn’t just a pipe-dream or unrealistic pursuit.

It was still long in coming but finally I had the striking realization – to recast my main character. While not abandoning the idea of a female lead, diligently I set out to craft the character with more depth and substance. She would be armed with a pedigree education starting in Swiss boarding school and culminating with advanced degrees from Harvard and Wharton. A step into the business world brought her to the family founded multi-national worldwide conglomerate, Barrington Holdings International. Groomed for this since she was a small child – it was all she ever knew. As the only child of Elizabeth Matthews Barrington and Jonathan Robert Barrington, she’s the presumed heir apparent.

With a defining career in the makings, she labors with the tensions and discord of the contentious relationship with her father. Jonathan as the antagonist provides the perfect counterpoint. This entangled relationship spills over into her personal life as well as she continues not only to meet but exceed all his expectations. For the first time, I gave my character her name – Christiana Lynn Barrington.

This was pivotal in deciding to write – Son of My Father – A Family Dynasty. From that point forward, characters and storyline started to be defined and the book was formulated.

I welcome your comments or questions and am reachable at:
Peggy@peggyhattendorf.com
Author – Son of My Father – A Family Dynasty
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Brief Definitions of Key Writing Terms

When I started writing fiction, it was stepping into an entirely new industry. Like other professions, I had to learn the jargon and key writing terms. Reading trade publications and writing books as well as attending seminars and conferences, assisted me in understanding key terms. Below are some frequently used terms. HOOK – a literary… Continue Reading

My First Blog

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going,” Beverly Sills This quote certainly held true with the writing and publishing of my first novel – Son of My Father – A Family Dynasty. The following is the journey I took along with the tools I had or acquired along the way. My interest in… Continue Reading

Book Excerpt Blog From Son of My Father – A Family Dynasty

To set the stage, Christiana Lynn Barrington and her father Jonathan Robert Barrington have just completed another major acquisition to add to their portfolio of companies under Barrington Holdings International. With the purchase of Sterling Hotels Worldwide, the company now owns the largest worldwide hotel and resort conglomerate. Jonathan and Christiana were primed for this… Continue Reading

Writing Tips

Since the completion of my first novel and work progressing on the second book, I’ve reflected on the writing process and what was learned and what advice I would share with someone starting the “Creative Writing Journey.” I’ve categorized my thoughts and tips under several headings with the focus only on writing – not publishing,… Continue Reading