I was quite excited when I saw this week's questions.
Who is your favorite character you've written and why?
Hands down, it is Clay Mathers, my hero from my upcoming release, Hearts in Harmony (releasing May 5). I knew him as an alpha male, tough, rugged...a hardened male almost beyond redemption. Clay had different ideas, though. He kept speaking to me, insisting he had a soft gooey center and that's what would ensure he ended up with the woman of his dreams. He proved his worth repeatedly by demonstrating his love for his mother, his ability to love Pippa's children and his willingness to forsake his plans to leave Granite Point in order stay and build a family.
Here's one of my favorite of his scenes:
He glanced up, catching Pippa’s eyes. The soft expression on her face drove home a truth he’d avoided admitting to himself since the sad, dreary day he’d met her. When she’d sung at a funeral while he’d stood guard, prohibiting protesters from making a mockery of a solemn farewell to a slain soldier. Her voice had moved him, along with the other mourners, to tears.
He wanted this woman. And he wanted her children too.
His breath stalled in his chest as the thought crashed through him like a runaway tire careening downhill. Clay Mathers, who had never needed anyone—the self-sufficient military strategist and world-renowned writer—needed this small family almost more than he needed to breathe.
Do you prefer to write your Hero or Heroine?
Truthfully, I find the bad guys infinitely more fun to write. There something super decadent about instilling really awful intentions and making up someone my readers will eagerly cheer against. And then, make him or her get there comeuppance.
What are the three things you can't write without?
Some sort of tasty beverage would be first. Either coffee or tea, or a glass of water infused with fruit flavor or cucumber (I bought an insulated glass with an infuser built in).
Second would be music. I find new age and instrumental to be most beneficial. I need something that won't distract me with lyrics (unless they're in a foreign language I have no hope of understanding).
And third are Tarot cards. Whenever I've reached a point where I'm not sure what's next, I pull a couple of cards from a deck and grab my handy description book. It surprises me each time I find an answer in the cards.
That's it for me now. Thanks for stopping by. Be sure you hop over to Elizabeth Janette's page to continue reading.