the story behind lakota honor by Kat Flannery

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00066]After the release of my first book, Chasing Clovers I knew there would be another book and another and another I’d write. This was just the beginning of years and years of jotting down short stories, poems and writing articles and I was ready to jump into the writing world.

Once the promotion and marketing had settled down with CC I had the itch. Yup, that little annoying poke to start another story. Soon my fingers found the keyboard to let loose a tale I had no idea would happen.

Earlier my publisher had suggested I write something paranormal. Paranormal? Me? I don’t thinks so. I was an historical western writer. I wrote about cowboys and damsels and horses. Not werewolves and vampires. I brushed her comment aside not thinking of it again. I had a great plot a few awesome subplots. I was ready to write and I did about 30,000 words. Then a writer’s worst nightmare happened. I had no words. My mind was blank. The writing stopped. How could this be? I’d planned everything out. I had a chapter outline. I knew how the story was going to end. I yelled and cursed at my characters for their silence as I stared a blank computer screen. I’d written the start of a great Historical western romance…and I couldn’t finish it.

Frustration set in and I pushed through the writer’s block, insisting that’s all it was. I’d created a mean, venomous assassin in my antagonist, Otakatay and I wanted to continue his reign of vengeance. But something wasn’t right. Otakatay pestered me in my sleep, while driving, cooking dinner, watching my son’s at hockey. What did he want?

Well, after pushing him aside for weeks I finally decided to listen. He wanted me to tell his story. He wanted to be the protagonist. I thought about it for a while when another idea hit. I’d make it paranormal. Once I put the two together the story flowed like lava. I couldn’t type fast enough. Within 2 ½ months I’d finished the book and Otakatay’s story.

What happened to the 30,000 words? They sit in a folder with the other story starters I’ve had.


IMG_3703Kat Flannery has loved writing ever since she was a girl. She is often seen jotting her ideas down in a little black book. When not writing, or researching, Kat enjoys snuggling on her couch with a hot chocolate and a great book.

Her first novel, CHASING CLOVERS became an Amazon’s bestseller in Historical and Western romance. This is Kat’s second book, and she is currently hard at work on the third.

When not focusing on her creative passions, Kat is busy with her three boys and doting husband.

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