Continuing with using secondary characters--you met Tracy in Post #1. (If not, pop over and see how she's introduced). Sticking a character in a book for a single scene isn't a good idea unless the character is strictly a 'spear carrier'--someone in the background simply to add some authenticity to a scene. In Nowhere to Hide, Tracy has to appear again, and continue to move the story forward. The next excerpt comes a little later in the book, but it also picks up on points mentioned earlier. This also helps remind the reader what's happened. Sadly for authors, readers usually have to put the book down from time to time!
Tracy reappears in an ice-cream eating scene where she and Colleen discuss their views on men. But rather than make this all about Colleen's problems, in that scene, it's Tracy who's been dumped, and Colleen offers support. In doing so, we also get to see her own opinions of men and learn a little about her past. This way, I can reveal one of Colleen's 'secrets' to the reader, but not to Graham.
OK, for this part of the party, I've got some new updates on my website. Sometimes authors have to cut scenes. Pop over to my site, and click on "Cutting Room Floor" to read one.
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