Enid Blackwell is determined, no question about it. Even I, as her creator, questioned at times whether she was admirably determined or just bullheadedly stubborn. Perhaps both. Either way, she has more courage than I.

Over the past three years, as I’ve been working on this novel, there have been many moments of “why am I doing this?” ┬áIn those low moments of self-doubt and frustration, Enid kept me going. Her steadfast determination to accomplish her goal, which I won’t give away here, encouraged me to stay focused on mine.

Enid also reminded me to be mindful of the cost of the decisions we make. She paid for hers, and I’ve paid for mine. I’ve only put three years of my life on the line to accomplish this book, often at the expense of spending times with friends and family. I’ve also spend restless nights agonizing over scenes I was struggling with. None of my angst compares to the price Enid paid.


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The cost of determination — 6 Comments

  1. Very nicely done. Can’t wait to read Murder in Madden! Let us know when the first book signing occurs…and where! Thanks Reagan!

  2. Admiring the time and effort you put into your blog and in depth information you present. It’s awesome to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same old rehashed material. Fantastic read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.|
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  3. Raegan, your determination has paid off! The character of Enid has developed into a true journalist. Her determination to find answers takes her from sad and unhappy to a spirited, unflinching investigator. All the characters and locations are true to form for a small, closed, “good-ol’-boys” Southern town. No matter where Enid “decides” to live, I trust there will be another unsolved murder for her investigative skills! BTW, I’m guessing she is a feisty red-head.

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