Behind the Book (Diamonds N’ Roses): Chapter Twenty

Behind the Book is a series in which I give you a behind the scenes look at one of the latest installments of The Diamond Collection. For this round, I will be focusing on Diamonds N’ Roses: Part Five of The Diamond Collection.

Diamonds N’ Roses was released on December 25, 2016 and is available at the following online retailers: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books-A-Million.

Other Available Titles in The Diamond Collection: Diamonds in the Rough, Diamonds are Forever, The Ace of Diamonds, Black Diamonds, The Diamond Tiara (Part Six) and Dirty Red Diamonds (Part Seven).


In Chapter Twenty, Jay confronts Kane at his condo because he (Kane) told Carmen the truth about Casa de Sangre. Now, of course, Jay has to do it the Jay way, which is why I have him break in Kane’s condo, pull out a gun, and put it to his head. He even pistol whips him. As a writer, I’ve learned you have to stay true to the character. It wouldn’t be Jay Santiago if I just had him knock on the door, and say, “Hey, can we talk?”

But what is true to Jay’s character aside from violence and aggression? The love he has for his children. This is why when Kristian, Kane’s daughter, and Jay’s soon-to-be stepdaughter, starts screaming in her sleep, it shifts his whole mindset. Jay remembers how he felt when he heard his own daughter screaming when he was getting attacked by Blu. (this is a reference to a scene in Book Three: The Ace of Diamonds). It affects him so much that not only does he leave without causing anymore harm, he also apologizes – twice. I say all this to say, two things can be true of a character and people, in general. They can be lovable and violent, but the reader has to be taken on the journey to understand how both can be true.


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