Monday, 13 February 2012

When Secondary Characters Get Their Own Chance to Shine by Erin Nicholas + Giveaway

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Those who are regulars of my blog don't need an introduction to today's guest author, but here is one for the newcomers. You may not know that I haven't always been a fan of the contemporary romance genre (and that's to put it mildly). I didn't like it. Then I happened upon Erin Nicholas' Just My Type and I was hooked. I would say Erin's books are like Nora Roberts' as in they both focus on family connections and friendships, are steamy and romantic, but besides all that Erin's stories are very witty and funny, her humour really makes her novels outstanding.  Erin Nicholas not only made contemporary romance bearable for me, she converted me! Now it is one of my most beloved genres, and of course Erin keeps her eternal place on my Favourite Authors List! Please give Erin Nicholas a warm welcome and if by any chance you haven't yet read her books, trust me, you don't want to waste any more time and miss out on these amazing stories! 

When Secondary Characters Get Their Own Chance to Shine
by Erin Nicholas

When I start a book, I usually know three things: who the hero is, who the heroine is and how they get together. Well, and that there will be a happily ever after. That’s what I write, after all.

Everything else comes later. Some of it I give some thought to—what do they do for a living, where do they live, what’s keeping the happily ever at bay at bay until page two hundred and fifty instead of getting there on page fifteen?

But there are several things I don’t plan out. These things develop as I go, surprising even me sometimes. Which I love. It’s fun and keeps my writing fresh. But, honestly, once in awhile it gets me into trouble. Sometimes someone does or says something I didn’t expect and it changes the whole story. Sometimes they don’t say or do something I thought they would. And sometimes someone other than the hero or heroine gets involved.

This happened big time in my book Anything You Want (e-release, March 2011, print release March 2012). One of my secondary characters really messed things up.

I always have secondary characters. Some play a bigger role than others, but my characters need them. No one lives in a bubble, and just like all of us, my characters need someone to talk to, someone to cry to, someone to tell them when they’re being stupid. These characters are often just details until I get to writing the book, then they develop as the story goes and as I get to know my hero and heroine better I figure out who they surround themselves with and why.

Trouble is—sometimes these characters want to take over.

For instance, in Anything You Want, the hero was supposed to be a guy named Luke Hamilton. For those of you who’ve read the book that may surprise you. Or maybe not. But you do know that Luke shows up in the book, big time. Just not as the hero. Nope. Ends up, Marc Sterling gets the hero title. But I wrote nearly the whole book before I figured that out! Marc was supposed to be the best friend, the secondary character. A strong one, yes, but secondary nonetheless.

The problem became apparent when I simply could not have him and the heroine, Sabrina, in the same room together without sparks flying. I thought it was temper, that they didn’t like each other. Well, passion shows up in lots of ways. So, I finally figured out that Marc was the right guy for Sabrina. Or at least that he wanted to be.

But that created a new problem. I really liked Luke. And now he was the third wheel.

Have you ever fallen for a secondary character? In a tv show, movie, book? There are a few movies I can think of where I was really pulling for that best friend character (Duckie in Pretty In Pink anyone??) who never does get the girl. I hate that.

So, that just wouldn’t do for Luke. He needed someone so I could sleep at night. It wasn’t until I figured out the right girl for Luke that I could really let Marc and Sabrina have their way. Thankfully, the perfect woman for Luke was another strong secondary character in Anything You Want. Kat Dayton, Sabrina’s best friend.

Now I smile when I think about the whole thing. Now that I’ve written Kat and Luke’s story. Now that Everything You’ve Got will be out in March. Now I can smile about it all :-) I love these two books and these four characters. They are absolutely matched up the right way.

Though I still don’t know that Andie should have chosen Blane over Duckie.

How about you? Are there any secondary characters that have really made an impression on you in a book, movie or tv show that you wish had gotten their story?

Everything You’ve Got doesn’t come out until March 20th but I’m happy to give someone a rain check or, if you haven’t read Anything You Want, I’d love to share it with someone! So, just leave me a comment and you’ll get entered to win! In addition, I’ll pick three winners to receive an excerpt booklet of Anything You Want and some other goodies from me!

Thanks for having me, Stella! And happy anniversary!

Erin Nicholas has been reading and writing romantic fiction since her mother gave her a romance novel in high school and she discovered happily-ever-after suddenly went a little beyond glass slippers and fairy godmothers! She lives in the Midwest with her husband who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books, her kids who will never read the sex scenes in her books, and family and friends who say they’re shocked by the sex scenes in her books (yeah, right!).

You can reach Erin at her official websiteblogTwitter and Facebook account.

You can read my reviews of The Bradfords series by Erin Nicholas:

Just Right: The Bradfords, Book 1

Just Like That: The Bradfords, Book 2

Just My Type: The Bradfords, Book 3


Erin has generously offered an ebook copy of either Everything You've Got or Anything You Want to a lucky commentator, and 3 other lucky readers will win an excerpt booklet of Anything You Want and some other goodies!

To be entered all you have to do is:

1. fill out the main form so I have your contact info (just once, if you have already filled it out for a previous giveaway that's enough)

2. leave a comment and answer Erin's question: Are there any secondary characters that have really made an impression on you in a book, movie or tv show that you wish had gotten their story? 

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 15 March 2012.

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