I love diverse, interesting characters in the books I read. From Roarke and Eve in the ‘In Death’ series by JD Robb to the Dark Hunters/Huntresses in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series, characters that are intriguing and complex with vulnerabilities keep the reader glued to their seats or pages in this case may be, eager to see what happens next. As an author I am forever trying to figure out how to make my characters more life like and enjoyable to readers. Sometimes I get it right like I did in Haunting Magic with Rodrick and Jaxon and other times I feel I missed the mark a little bit. So I try to figure out what I can do to make them more dimensional and to have readers fall in love with. With each story, I start out with a loose idea on which my characters may be. I add a dash of this, a pinch of that and stir…hoping that they won’t taste too bad. Sometimes I need to add a bit of seasoning as well to make them taste just right. All authors go through the “Did I create memorable characters? Have I got their personalities right?” I have had books where my characters would scream, I mean so loud it drowns out the radio and family loud, that they are not how I portrayed them. I don’t know about you but having characters scream at you day in and day out has me in a panic. So I delete, rework and hopefully get it right so they can be quiet again…well until the next story that is.
In my upcoming Space Pirates: Bounty, coming to Shadowfire Press this month, I used my favorite sci-fi character as inspiration-Capt. Malcom “Tightpants” from Firefly & my muse decided that Capt. Jack from the Pirates of the Caribbean would also be a good fit. Each character is one of those rascally types that had a heart of gold to the ones he cared about. I based my one main hero, Capt. Rafe Gregory, on that model. Rafe is a straight shooter who loves women, booze and getting paid-not in that order either. I hope the reader loves Rafe as much as I do though he doesn’t wear eyeliner like Johnny Depp’s character. 🙂
Then in my Devon Falls series, I have one hero who I have a soft spot for-Rodrick Dracon. He is a wolf shifter, who loves women but hates commitment. I never wrote about a commitment phobic wolf before. *snickers* It was fun to see how Rod reacted when the bane of his life, Jaxon Sinclair, was his destined mate. Talk about fireworks. Oh my god…whenever these two were in the same room in my head, all I heard was either fighting between the two or sparks flying so hot it was amazing my head didn’t combust. These two were perfect for one another yet it took strength to give them the right story. If you enjoy hunky alpha wolf shifters and the feisty woman who goes toe to toe with him, then I think you would love Haunting Magic.
I love characters that are well rounded and engage my imagination. With the right amount of alpha-ness, vulnerabilities and redeeming qualities, I hope my characters steal your heart as they do mine. So my question to you, dear readers is: who are some of your favorite characters you have read and loved?
Raine Delight is the author of the popular Devon Falls series (coming to Secret Cravings Publishing) and is currently creating two new trilogies, Destined Mates & Club Fantasy, to tempt her readers with at Shadowfire Press.
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