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From Michelle: Happy to have Stephanie Tyler back in the pink, not just because we loves her, but because her books -- including her alter ego Sydney Croft's hotties -- are just marv. Her new Navy SEAL rom susp trilogy is not 2B missed. "Too Hot to Hold" is out now." Please welcome Steph w/your fondest, "He exists if I say so" Bella buongiorno...
From Steph: Hello, Michelle, and thank you for having me today at RBTB! And a special shout out to the Bellas!
Today, I’m talking characters. I fall for mine all the time – I have to or else I can’t write about them. I fall for other writer’s characters too (can we say Sam from Brockmann’s Troubleshooters? Hello, the man had me from the first curse word he uttered! And although he scares me a little, Tig from Sons of Anarchy is another character I adore.)
My Navy SEAL trilogy, Hard to Hold, Too Hot to Hold, and Hold on Tight, centers around three brothers by adoption and the close-knit bonds formed over years of friendship and tough pasts. One of the heroes, Chris Waldron, begins his story in book 2 and it continues in book 3, which comes out Jan 26th.
I love all of my heroes, but man, Chris was just a blast to write about. The man sings whenever he can – loudly – and he delivers babies. And he’s a sniper. And he’s psychic. I mean really, he’s just damned fun, you know? And I’ve been talking about all the brothers on my blog for a while now, explaining how they’d come visit and tell me their stories, so readers got to know them long before they began to read their books.
Anyway, in the space of two months, three different women emailed me to ask if I had any information on Chris Waldron – where could I find him, did I have his phone number?
Um, well, he’s real to me, but he kind of only exists inside my mind, I told them.
They all wrote back and told me a similar story – they’d all met Chris Waldron – he was Cajun, from Louisiana, was in the Navy. He was superstitious. They even mentioned his height and his different colored eyes. They’d all dated him.
And they all wanted him back. Badly. They didn’t believe me when I told them I didn’t have any way to get in touch with him.
I mean, I could get in touch with him, but not exactly in the way they wanted. But with my trilogy, now the wait is over. All of you can have your own little piece of Chris Waldron.
So when I tell people that I feel like I channel characters rather than creating them, I often tell them this story. This usually think I’m a little crazy anyway, which is okay, because it’s the good kind of crazy that makes my job a whole lot of fun.
So tell me – what makes a memorable character for you? Is he tortured and angsty? Is he just a little bit crazy? Any character instantly spring to mind?