This is a massive spoiler to anyone who hasn’t read An Airship Named Desire, so I’ve clipped it. After all, I don’t want to give it away since it’s a pretty pivotal moment. But I wanted to talk about the revised version and what’s been going on.
So, between working on the sequel and getting the original all gussied up for re-release, I realized I severely miss both Jensen and Captain Morris. Obviously by the end of the book they pulled it all together and have formed a new family, but those were such distinctive characters so very early on. Morris was the father figure you adored, who always tried to do the right thing. Jensen was the Jayne-esque character you begrudgingly liked.
And so, I’m going through my editor’s notes, polishing up on An Airship Named Desire, and I’m almost at the scene. THAT scene. The one that still pulls at me this very day, the same way it did when I first wrote it. When you re-read An Airship Named Desire, there’s a heartbreaking aspect to every one of her and the Captain’s interactions, because you know it’s all they get. Their final conversation before she walks in on that scene–well, it’s so much more resonant when you know what’s coming.
“Why dear sir, I can’t believe you’d think such things of me.” I placed a hand over my mouth, feigning mock horror. “I’ll have you know, I’ve been called the epitome of a lady.”
“Get out of here, scamp. Leave this old man in peace.” He shooed me away. I smiled and waltzed out of the room.”
So I’m coming up to that scene and my heart, it hurts. I’m filled with dread, as if I were Bea discovering her Captain dead all over again. Hopefully with the shiny new veneer, even more people can share the experience and loss of the great Captain Robert Morris. In the following books, Bea’s striving to be just as remarkable, and I hope you’ll join her for the journey.