Monday, September 10, 2012

Ethan and Tessa

When characters come to you, they intrigue you and you start asking who are you?  When I started writing Second Chance Ranch Zach McClure, the hero, had two siblings, Beth and Ethan.  Beth was the youngest and Ethan the eldest.  Through both Zach's and Beth's books, Ethan was the calm steady presence who everyone depended upon.  He was the level head.  A girl couldn't ask anything better from a man.  And he's  a hunk...

That's great, right?   Uh, not really.  How boring.  All readers love the bad boy, the fallen hero because we want to redeem him.  So what do you do with the nice guy?

When I started Ethan's book, the man was really closed mouth.   Stubborn.  He wouldn't talk to me for days.  But I was determined to tell his story.  Don't you just hate when a man won't open up?  Well, it took me sometime to pry it out of him, but I found out.  And of course, Tessa proved to be as much as a challenge.  She had her secrets, but was more willing to share.  But I got the straight skinny and it's in the book.

I'm sure Ethan's not going to take my bad mouthing him lying down, but he'll have to live with it.
All the characters give behind the scenes comments on the current book (as if I could stop them), but I'll continue blogging my thoughts.  And what crazy thoughts an author has.  Since this fall is a new beginning for this blog... I hope you readers will comment, ask questions about the book, let me know what you want to know.  Hopefully, it will give y'all insight.

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