Is it just me or do the weeks seem to be moving fast? Here we are at another What to Read Wednesday. Today I have a special treat for you. My wonderful friend Cerian Hebert wrote a thought provoking guest post on character development and she’s also sharing her latest release NO GOING BACK from Soul Mate Publishing.
And I’m sure you know what I’m about to say next, because I’m such a cover junkie…lol…but don’t you just get pulled into her gorgeous cover. Very sexy 🙂 Another one to add to my “love” list.
Okay, let’s hand over the blog to Cerian!
The last few days I’ve been stewing about character development. I tend to like to put a lot of details into my writing, lots of narrative, maybe too much narrative and I’ve discovered that sometimes I spend so much time on my surroundings that I forgot to develop my characters just as much. So I pulled out a book on writing and stared at it.
And looked at one of my manuscripts and then back at the book. When I first started writing I had a book on how to get published. I read that thing cover to cover and back again. Since then I haven’t been much for how-to books, but I wonder, are they a resource that should be tapped in times of trouble? Will they show me the err of my ways, or am I better off figuring it out on my own?
I’ve looked back at past characters that readers have liked, and wonder why them? The sweet, the romantic and the troubled. As a writer, is it a good idea to stick with “what I know” or branch out into the unknown? I’m all for branching out.
Turns out I didn’t re-re-read the book. It’s still on my desk. I may read it, but I feel better with coming up with a solution on my own. Besides, I had other things to worry about, like researching a few things about one of my latest characters careers. He’s a small town police chief but he’s just returned from war. Since I don’t know too many people personally who’ve been there, it was a little more challenging. But again, it all comes down to character development. The more I know, the more defined my hero will be.
Of course he didn’t have to be a vet. Maybe he could be an encyclopedia salesman. Out on the road for weeks at a time. How important is the job the character holds down anyway? Can he get away with holding down a mundane job, like the owner of an environmental safety equipment company and still be dashing, dangerous and sexy?
I guess it all goes back to character development. Done right, I bet an encyclopedia salesman could be just as intriguing as an ex-Navy Seal. Hmm…. Maybe that’s my next project.
But for now I’m pleased to present my latest release from Soul Mate Publishing, No Going Back.
As if moving from Los Angeles to a New Hampshire town with less than two hundred residents isn’t enough for ex-Hollywood socialite, Ari Milbanke, she has a house full of someone else’s life, the lonely ghost of a teen-aged girl and a handsome neighbor who runs a horse rescue facility. She has a lot ahead of her as she settles her two young daughters into their new life while trying to hide the one she left behind.
Sam Beauchamp was content with his life. Rescuing and training horses has always satisfied him, but when newcomer, Ari and her daughters came into his life he realized how much was missing. Even the ghost attached to the decade’s old mysterious disappearance isn’t enough to deter him. What might, though, is Ari’s inability to be open with her past and who she really is.
“…I can’t imagine pining away for someone I’ve lost for as long as he has.”
They’d arrived at the pond and Sam brought Papi to a halt as Ari stopped next to him. The mirror-still water reflected the browns and russets of the leaves that remained on the trees. Autumn’s peak had passed southern New Hampshire, and though there were still some trees holding out with bright yellow and red leaves, the world had settled into more coppery tones.
He loved this spot. As a kid he’d come here with his thoughts and a fishing pole and spend hours.
“What, you’re not a romantic?” Sam turned his attention away from the pond and gave it to Ari.
She frowned at his question. “Not particularly. There haven’t been any fairy tale moments in my life to date. I guess you could call me a cynic when it comes to romance and all.”
“Now that’s a shame, Ari.”
She smiled and her eyes met his steadily. “Are you one? A romantic, I mean?”
“Would that be an odd thing? Big guy like me being a bit sentimental?”
A blush crept into her cheeks and she looked away. How in the world had the conversation gotten so personal? Sam wasn’t sure if he should steer the exchange back to the ghost of Ruth Anne or pursue the direction they’d been following.
“Well, honestly, yeah. But perhaps it’s the cynic in me again. You seem too down to earth to be romantic.”
Sam shook his head. “Oh, Ari, I think I’m sad for you. Now, let’s get going. We have some clouds coming in. Nothing worse than being stuck out in an October rain.”
While he hated to end the conversation, Sam had no doubt the topic would come up again when they’d be in a better place to go into details.
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And you can visit me at www.cerianhebert.com