The Hero in Waiting…
When you write a novel it naturally flows that the hero(s) and the heroine are the stars of the show. Yet, when you least expect it, the demon plot bunny hops onto your computer and you’re stuck. You have a secondary character so intelligent, good looking, such an all around bad ass, that he keeps sticking up his head and having his say in the story, making himself second only to the hero(s)/heroine in importance. You know his takeover is complete when you find you have no story without his inclusion.
My computer and I met Mr. Plot Bunny early in my soon to be released novel The Sarran Plague. He came in the form of Dr. Mark Stern, Chief of Staff at Manhattan General Medical Center.
Originally his part in the novel was as witness to what happened to Anya and to tell the hero about the cat. (If you want to know more you’ll have to read the book. Daddy told me never give it all up for free!) Bunny struck –– I looked up and read what I wrote about four hours later and lo and behold, Mark Stern is on the Brightstar heading for Sarran.
What follows is an unedited ARC excerpt from The Sarran Plague featuring Mark Stern who refused to be a second banana.