What Puts the Fire in Your Belly? Is it the Draw of Plausibilities?

My thanks to Deanna Jewel for this guest contribution. Some of the content in this article was originally published on Deanna Jewel’s website. I thought it would definitely resonate with many of my readers!

Reading a great book by Marti Melville, such as The Deja vu Chronicles or Grandma BallyHuHu

I just finished another chapter of a novel ranking high on the “NY Times Best Seller” list.  The page count was in the mid-200’s.  Finally, my interest had been captured.  But why did it take over 200 pages to do so?



Deanna Jewel asked the very question that played in my mind:  What pulls you into a story?

Great question and one that is different for every reader.  But the magnitude of that answer provides the bait that every author hopes to catch a reader’s attention with. Sometimes, that’s not an easy feat. Once hooked, however, a reader is drawn into the magic of a novel that almost can’t be ignored.  The story becomes another world that pulls us into its reality and allows us to live in its existence … if only for a time.

Deanna says, “Some stories and characters get stuck in our heads after we finish the books, making us hunger for more of what they’re doing in the next book. This is because the setting pulled us in, the multi-faceted characters touched our hearts and the way they interacted with each other put us right into their group of friends. Once the story book is ended, we want to hang out with those characters again and hope another book comes out so we can rejoin them.”

I couldn’t agree more. 

So what makes a book magical?  What creates the desire in you to disappear between the pages of a great novel?  For me, it’s all about plausibility.  Could that really happen?  Any shred of possibility woven into the fiction, and I’m a goner!  

Blackbeard slaughtered by Morrigan in The Deja vu Chronicles -- redefines a piece of Caribbean pirate historyMy stories are written with that goal in mind.  I want to love my stories as much as I hope others will.  And as I write, I wonder things like, could it be that Morrigan slaughtered Blackbeard, cut off his head, and gave the credit to Lieutenant Robert Maynard?  


Captain John Phillips forces crewman, Filamore, to drink a tonic made with rum in order to save his crew from the pox -- in The Deja vu Chronicles.Was Captain John Phillips (the pirate) really acting with ethics when he held a gun to a Filamore’s temple to force him to drink rum — or perhaps an antidote for the pox that plagued his ship?

Maybe.  It’s possible.

I want to believe that anything is possible in stories, so long as the tale is a believable one.  After all, history is only as truthful as the man who tells it.  Admittedly, I’m one who stretches the “truth” found in history — but only as far as it is belieable!

Take a look at The Deja vu Chronicles and glimpse into the possibility of what might have happened during 1721 in the Caribbean on a pirate ship called The Revenge.  

JKRowling and Stephenie Meyer and Marti Melville quote about The Deja vu Chronicles



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