Tawny Weber is my guest today. She tells fun stories with lots of little extras that make the story feel real. One of the things I enjoy in any book is good secondary characters. Tawny discusses her view of secondary characters and why they are important to a story.
Writing a new book always means getting to know a lot of characters. Not only the hero and heroine, but all the rest of the cast that creates their world. In my February Blaze, A SEAL’s Seduction, Blake and Alexia are clearly the stars. They were two characters who came, fully formed, into my head. Both with distinct emotional baggage, with strong personalities and even stronger opinions. But oftentimes I think it’s the secondary characters who provide the most interesting contrasts for our stars.
Secondary characters are the means to which readers get to know our stars. Through those friendships, family relationships, adversarial jousts, etc, the reader sees first hand who this person is and how they handle life. Which is one reason I often include pets in my stories. I think how a person reacts and interacts with animals, small children and the elderly shows more about their character than pages of introspection.
A SEAL’s Seduction is peppered with strong secondary characters. Michael, Alexia’s brother is so fun. The only son of an Admiral, he’s the headliner of a gay burlesque show and male model. And he’s a sweetie. Cute and upbeat, he’s faced the similar emotional challenges as his sister, but he has a very different way of dealing with them. He is a wonderful contrast for Alexia, and works really well to show her soft side and help the reader understand why she’d make the decisions she did growing up.
And then there are the Admiral and Mrs. Pierce. They were SO fun to write. Uptight and rigid on the surface, with a deep love of their children that both the reader, and their children, don’t see at first. As is often the case with parents, it’s their behavior, both past and present, which define the heroine’s beliefs. Her rules, her fears and her standards come from the history she has with her parents.
But my absolute favorite of all the secondary characters in A SEAL’s Seduction is Lieutenant Commander Cade Sullivan, Call sign: Slick. Cade’s hot. He’s sexy and sweet, he’s a leader. He’s the high school football quarterback, prom king, class president and sweetie who tutored young kids on the downlow. Like most SEALs, he’s driven. Powerful and strong, with a clear view of his purpose in life and a devotion to duty that’s unbeatable. And did I mention that he’s hot? Whew! So hot.
Cade is technically Blake’s boss. He, Blake and Phil were best friends since their BUDs training days, nicknamed the Three Amigos because they were always together. They even ended up a part of the same SEAL team. It was while Cade was leading a standard mission that Phil was killed. Like Blake, the loss of his best friend hits Cade hard. And like Blake, that loss becomes a major driving force in how Cade views his career, his life and his choices.
So while I really did love so many of the other secondary characters in A SEAL’s Seduction, Cade is definitely my favorite. Which comes in handy, as I wrote him his very own love story as soon as I finished A SEAL’s Seduction. Titled A SEAL’s Surrender, is out in just about a week (March, 2013).
- How often do you read a story and fall for one of the secondary characters? Are there some that you just HAVE to read their story?
A SEAL'S SEDUCTION
Subject: Navy SEAL Lieutenant Blake Landon
Tawny Weber has been writing sassy, sexy romances since her first Harlequin Blaze hit the shelves in 2007. A fan of Johnny Depp, cupcakes and color coordination, she spends a lot of her time shopping for cute shoes, scrapbooking, and hanging out on Facebook.