Keeping characters around until I learn their secrets.

 

51NSjDiAK1L._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_LET ME TELL YOU about my characters.

Age is not that important to me.

But it is my readers.

So my hero is somewhere between thirty and fifty.

My heroine is a decade younger.

The bit players may not stay bit players for long.

Some worm their way into a story and refuse to leave.

I don’t care if my hero is big.

Or tough.

Or brave.

Or has the face of Adonis.

I don’t care if my heroine is tall.

Short.

Blonde.

Red-haired.

Or a Victoria Secret model.

Want to know the only trait I want my characters to have?

Secrets.

Buried deep, there are secrets.

Just below the surface, there are secrets.

Can’t sleep?

He’s bothered by a secret.

Can’t commit to love?

She’s bothered by a secret.

Keeps a pistol in his belt?

He’s frightened of a secret.

Cries herself to sleep at night?

The secret has broken her heart.

Here is what I mean:

George has a problem.

Rose won’t speak to him.

Rose is angry.

She is leaving George.

George blames Nancy.

Nancy blames the night she was seduced and spent in Roger’s bed.

Roger swears he’ll kill George the next time he sees him.

Rose knows why.

Nancy knows how.

And George?

George is in the dark.

I’m like George.

I’m in the dark.

I’ll keep writing until they tell me their secrets, and they always do.

Keeping characters around until I learn their secrets.Thanks for coming.

Thanks for leaving.

I don’t need you anymore.

That’s why some of those bit players hang around my books.

I can’t get rid of them.

They have too many secrets.

In fact, they often have more secrets than my hero or heroine.

And I can’t wait to find out what they are.

After all, I live in their world.

They have no reason to live in mine.

Mine is boring.

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