Our Past Shapes Who We Are
By Margaret Daley
In Lone Star Christmas Rescuemy heroine is found passed out in Big Bend National Park by the hero, Texas Ranger Drake Jackson. “Kay” has amnesia and doesn’t know how she ended up there with a baby. Question after question overwhelms her mind. She has no idea who she is. Have you ever imagined what it would be like, not remembering anything in your past? How do you know even simple things like what you enjoy eating or your favorite color? It also makes you wonder about what kind of person you are?
When I develop a new character, I start by building his/her past. What a person goes through as she grows up shapes who she is. But with Kay, I couldn’t do that the same way I do for other characters. I started with a blank slate, putting myself into her shoes. I show her personality developing as she discovers who she is. It was fun as the writer to discover who my character is as she goes deeper into the story and begins to remember parts of her past. She has to learn to trust herself—and the memories coming back to her. But that doesn’t stop her from questioning what she thinks is true because it feels right. It doesn’t stop her from wondering if the memories are real.
Her past meets the present and sometimes there are clashes between the two. Amnesia can come from both physical and emotional trauma. In Kay’s case, it was more emotional. She went through a horrible ordeal, and as she remembers the past, she wants to deny it. But she has to learn to reconcile the two.
Lone Star Christmas Rescue
By Margaret Daley
A baby’s frantic cries lead Texas Ranger Drake Jackson to an injured woman in Big Bend Park, the infant by her side. But “Kay” has no idea who she is or what happened. All she seems sure of is that she’s in terrible danger. When someone comes after her—determined to snatch the child—Drake takes her and little Kaleb to his family’s ranch to protect them. But with the attackers circling closer as Christmas approaches, the guarded ranger knows they won’t be safe there for long. Vowing to uncover her identity and catch her attacker, Drake plans to give mother and child the holiday they deserve…safe by his side forever.