The second Plot: Motivation from the subplot

Today I’d like you to welcome Len Berry. Len is a published author and has kindly agreed to appear here on my blog as a guest as part of his week long blog tour.
Today he wants to discuss how a sub-plot can be utilised to motivate a writer. A sub-plot often raises a plethora of new notions that are begging to be explored in more depths taking the author off in different directions and sometimes even genres.

So welcome Len and tell us about the second plot:

The Second Plot

Most of the time, I read science fiction and fantasy. Like most people in my family, I like escapism, intrigue, and explosions. So what am I doing writing a book about girls in college?

That was what I asked myself when I started writing Vitamin F, the story of a young woman named Bridgett, her best friend/college room-mate, Delilah, and her love interest, Penelope. I doubt this trio could use any ray guns or slay any dragons. Intrigue for these ladies consists of debating if Bridgett should join a sorority or not.
When I think excitement and escapism, it’s hard for me to think of sororities.
I needed something to add danger to the story. I needed blood on someone’s hands to paint a path to these three girls. I needed someone to die.
Death came in the form of a pharmacist, a woman who made a drug called Vitamin F, but it wasn’t enough. I went a step further and did the unthinkable in this setting, this near-Amazonian society: I made the killer male.
With that change, the police are set aside for a new investigative body, the Office of Genetic Security, a branch of the government given broad power in maintaining the quality of the gene pool in a world where men are a rare commodity, disease has to be strictly monitored, and sterility of one person can be a step closer to the extinction of the species.
The face of Genetic Security in Vitamin F is Oriane Panettiere, a woman wounded by the loss of her sister decades earlier. Because of this loss and her devotion to her work, she will stop at nothing to protect the quality of the gene pool. Women and men alike tremble in the presence of woman who wears all black, over-extended eye make-up, and metal pin on her lapel in the shape of a double helix.
Her compatriots are just as cunning, conducting random tests on the populace in locations of their choice, asking the most intimate and personal questions, conducting genetic audits on anyone who doesn’t provide enough answers. Oriane and her allies will gladly milk reproductive fluids from men by force or judging the quality of a woman’s children in an effort to control disease.
And all this is in the subplot. Oriane is hunting someone, a male, who killed a pharmacist and has kept his genome off the official record.
Who might this male be and how will Oriane’s hunt for him affect Bridgett?
These are the sorts of questions that motivated me to write Vitamin F, just as I hope they will drive readers to dig deeper within the story. There’s a large gulf between sororities and powerful government agencies; crossing that gulf should prove an interesting journey for Bridgett—or Oriane.


Len Berry a lifelong resident of Missouri studied biology before turning his imagination toward writing. In his spare time, Len enjoys drawing, watching anime, and playing an occasional video game. He is the author of the dystopian e-book Vitamin F, now available for Nook and Kindle. Since Len is an active blogger, you can find out more about him and his projects at

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On Kindle:
Thanks again to Len Berry for appearing as a guest on the blog.

About V C Willow

V C Willow has always loved to write and read for pleasure. During her teenage years she wrote a lot of poetry but graduated to writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, Epic Fiction, Urban Fantasy and Suspense as she reached her twenties. She is a geek and comic nerd. A very keen reader, an enthusiastic cook and gardener and loves to craft. She's even been known to get down and dirty and do some DIY. V.C live in Manchester, England with her ball of cat fluff, Willow. She is currently writing her début fantasy novel. You can follow her authors page on Facebook at: Connect with her on Linked in at: Follow her on Twitter: Follow her on Goodreads: )O(
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One Response to The second Plot: Motivation from the subplot

  1. Shen Hart says:

    A sub-plot and character interactions are important to a book overall. This particular plot sounds intriguing, adding depth and asking the big questions.

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