One of the hardest things for authors to do is cut out scenes. Sometimes the scenes simply aren’t very good and deserve their banishment….but others cause wailing and gnashing of teeth when I hit the “delete” key. The most common reasons good scenes are cut from a book are:
• The manuscript was getting too long.
• The plot took a different direction and the scene no longer makes sense as written.
• An editor didn’t like it. This never happens to me…oh my, no. No, no, it would simply never happen. Just kidding! My editor always give me the chance to tweak things to make the scene fly….sometimes I prefer to simply cut it rather than smooth off the edges.
One of the joys of having a website is that I can give those deleted scenes new life. If you check out the “Book Extras” section of my website, I collect a variety of behind-the-scenes trivia about the development of each book, plus a handful of deleted scenes I think fans of the book might enjoy. I’ve just rolled out my bonus scenes for Against the Tide. Check it out!