Characters with Minds of their Own
Update: Thanks to everyone who dropped by and left a comment. CH’s winner is Desere! If you didn’t win, don’t despair. There’s still time for you to enter my contest for a chance to win an advance reading copy of Sins of the Highlander (drawing on October 24th) and be sure to pop back by next Monday. My special guest will be Caroline Fyffe!
I have to admit I always wondered if there was something wrong with me because the characters in my head sometimes refuse to do what I think they need to. I was so relieved that my friend CH Admirand has the same sort of stubborn literary children. Please welcome CH to the blog and be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win one of her fabulous medievals!
Thanks so much for inviting me, Mia. This is my first time visiting your blog: Read. Write. Love.
Mia’s gracious invitation came at the perfect time, the third book in my Medieval trilogy: A SCOT’S HONOR, was just released in print from DCL Publications. For those that have read the first two books, this is Winslow’s story. Winslow MacInness jumped off the page in the first book, THE LORD OF MEREWOOD KEEP, but I reminded him it was not his turn, Garrick was the hero. He grumbled, but stopped trying to take over the plot and let me tell Garrick and Jillian’s story.
Then I wrote the second book, THE SAXON BRIDE—which featured Eyreka and Augustin’s story—and low and behold because I’d sent MacInness to Scotland in search of Garrick’s brother, he didn’t have a large part in book two. Sneaky of me, I’ll admit it, but he was larger than life and I couldn’t seem to contain him. Those of you who create characters and have them arguing in your head understand what I’m talking about.
I knew when I began to write Winslow’s story that he needed a heroine who could be his equal and could capture his heart, so that it would begin to heal—Genvieve de Chauret is that heroine. Here’s the blurb from the back cover:
Scots mercenary, Winslow MacInness, rescues a Norman beauty, but how can he help her find her way home if she cannot speak? While waiting for her to recover, MacInness discovers a woman he can love, one who can replace the woman he can never have, his overlord’s wife.
But marriage to Genvieve isn’t part of his plan until he discovers her life is still in danger and the only way to protect her is to marry her. But will he survive the attempts on his life? Is Genvieve de Chauret behind those attempts?
Have you ever fallen in love with the characters in a series and wanted to read about the secondary characters? I’d love to hear from you, and have a signed copy of A SCOT’S HONOR for one random commenter.
Southern born…Northern bred. C.H. Admirand was born in Aiken, South Carolina, but her parents moved back to northern New Jersey where she grew up—which if you’ve met her would explain a lot. She’s always had her nose in a book, has traveled the world over, and even tested the time-space continuum, thanks to the awesome power of the written word. One of her writing quirks is that she loves to include bits and pieces of her ancestors and ancestry in all of her books. She lives with her family in northern New Jersey. Visit her website: www.chadmirand.com or find her on facebook www.facebook.com/CHAdmirand and twitter www.twitter.com/CHAdmirand .
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Thanks for dropping by, CH!
Now it’s YOUR turn. Have you ever become attached to secondary character and wished the author would tell his/her story?