How do I get Nicky Terrando from Point A to Point B?

You know that scene in 1990’s The Hunt for the Red October when Dr. Ryan (Alec Baldwin) is trying to figure out how to get the Soviet sailors off the Red October so Captain First Rank Marko Ramius (Sean Connery) can defect? He runs through all these possibilities until he figures out that…. (I don’t want to give the movie’s ending away, just in case there is someone out there who hasn’t seen the movie yet!)

That is kind of how I feel today with my character Nicky Terrando in When a Hard Rain Falls trying to get him from Point A to Point B in one of the book’s final chapters. I’ve pretty much got a bead on how the novel is going to end, but I’ve been bogged down in one chapter with Nicky.

One of the reasons why I am bogged down is making this chapter believable enough for readers to accept that Nicky, who is a felon would do or not do the things he does in this chapter for the sake of moving the story along, pretty much like Ryan has to with the Soviet sub crew.

I think I’ve got it all figured out now.

2 Responses to “How do I get Nicky Terrando from Point A to Point B?”

  1. Nye August 14, 2011 at 12:12 am # Reply

    From reading your War Remains book you do know how to make your characters come alive. I’m looking forward to reading this one.

    • Jeffrey August 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm # Reply


      It comes from years of watching people, both as a teacher, and just watching people in general. Sometimes I think about what I would do if I were in these situations.

      The book I am working on now has changed a lot, from a real life drama to a thriller and it is getting more intense as I write it. This Nicky character is becoming very, very bad!

      Thanks for stopping by, too. I am still having a hard time commenting on your posts.

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