THINGS I LEARNED FROM WRITING CHARACTERS
One thing I love is creating characters. Every book of mine starts out with either a situation (for example a convention with a bodyguard led to Bodyguards Inc #1) or an idea of a character (for example in ex factor when I wanted a character using the chance to win a new life to escape abuse).
Sometimes a character will be fully formed. In Max and the Prince I had Prince Lucien fixed firmly in my head. Not the look of him so much as who he had become as a man. I wanted a Prince who didn’t want to be a Prince, someone who’s life wasn’t all roses, a man who wanted no one to know who he really was. With Max, I needed someone who looked younger than they were but who had a wealth of life experience. The two characters worked.
In Undercover Lovers, Ross has OCD tendencies and runs the BI office with an iron hand. Kyle is the mysterious owner of BI who has a past he won’t talk about. Ross wants to know everything. And there was the rub, how can Ross ever show his love for Kyle all the time he doesn’t know Kyle’s full story?
Just from this one point in the story, the rest of it flowed. My characters were driving the story forward.
Who are stand out characters for you in any kind of fiction?
Book 4 in the Bodyguards Inc series: Out July 31st
Book 1 – Bodyguard to a Sex God
Book 2 – The Ex Factor
Book 3 – Max and the Prince
Ross and Kyle’s story.
Even if Ross and Kyle make it out of this alive, will the secrets in Kyle’s heart stay safe?
Kyle gets caught up in a case that is entirely unrelated to Bodyguards Inc. Not only does he abruptly need time off, but he has to have absolute trust and complete support from Ross without being able to tell Ross a thing.
CIA Agent Stefan Mortimer needs Kyle’s help with a case of a geneticist and a missing formula. Trouble is being led right to Kyle’s door, endangering the life of the team he has built and the man that he loves.
Going undercover, with Ross as his husband, is the worst kind of torture in so many ways, but it is the only answer. Kyle and Ross may well live through this but Kyle is convinced his heart won’t survive.
As soon as Max left the room, Kyle reached for the phone. He hesitated, with his fingers an inch from the handset, and listened to its beep indicating a call waiting.
Stefan Mortimer was at the other end of the call. That was a name Kyle hadn’t expected to hear again for a very long time, and the fact the man had contacted Kyle didn’t bode well. Especially considering Kyle thought, his and Stefan’s association had been put to bed a long time ago. A twinge of guilt accompanied the memories. He’d been the one told to leave, he was the one who’d had no choice but to go, but leaving Stefan behind had never sat well with him.
A combination of anxiety and fear fluttered in his chest as he picked up the handset and pressed the button to connect.
Only to be offered a line that was dead.
“Stefan?” Kyle said to the empty air. For a second he held the receiver to his ear, then, very deliberately, replaced the handset in the cradle. Kyle rested his head on his hands, scrubbing his face to clear the tension. When the door opened, he knew it was Ross. He always knew when it was Ross.
“He got cut off,” Ross announced.
Kyle nodded. “So I see.”
Ross sat down in the visitor’s chair directly opposite. “Is he a new client? Should I start a file for him?”
“No, an old….” How could he describe Stefan? Ex-lover, partner, old friend? “Someone I knew.”
Ross eased forward in his chair, his gray eyes bright with interest. “Knew? Like you used your experience as a spy to know?” he asked in his usual inquisitive tone.
“From before,” Kyle said. He was deliberately vague. As he was every time anyone at Bodyguards Inc. skirted near what Kyle used to do for a living. Ross loved to tease that Kyle had been CIA black ops. To be honest, Ross wasn’t that far from the truth—but that had been a long time ago now.
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