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: or find her on facebook and twitter .


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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?

50 thoughts on “Characters with Minds of their Own

  1. Desere says:

    This is so incredible thank you so much !!!!!!!!

  2. April says:

    I love when my characters come alive like that and yes, sometimes secondary characters are so vivid they just beg for their own book! I’m someone who likes to read follow up stories and I know my readers have said they do, too.

  3. eli yanti says:

    congratulation to the winner =D

  4. Thanks Mia for inviting me to guest blog today…it’s been a long day…especially after the accident this am, so I’m calling it early.

    Congrats to Desere for winning the signed copy of A SCOT’S HONOR.

    Please email me your snail mail address, and I’ll put it in the mail.

    Thanks to everyone for stopping by!

  5. Linda says:

    I find that most romance writers seem to write series & a character who was a secondary one in a book got his/her own story. I’m not complaining!

    1. Hmmm…interesting, Linda. Kate Welsh asked if anyone knew who started the “series” trend…I think I’m going to google it. :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I love reading books by C.H. Admirand. Her stories transport me, and I adore her ability to create complex characters who win my heart! Her newest novel – A Scot’s Honor – is definitely going on my MUST-READ List! I can hardly wait.

    1. Anne Elizabeth!!!! Thanks for stopping by…I know you are crazed after appearing at the NYC ComicCon!

      You are too nice…thanks!!!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Yay on the new book, CH. It sounds delicious. Actually, all three sound great. I love medievals–and who doesn’t love a yummy man in a kilt. It’s almost as good a chain mail LOL.

    As for secondary characters, I just finished a book with one I really found more intriguing than the hero. Just hope the author rewards that earl with his own story. I know I’ll be watching for it.

    I’m looking forward to picking up all three of your pubs, CH–good luck with A Scot’s Honor.

    1. Hi Barbara – thanks:) I really loved writing the trilogy and miss writing historicals. A man in a kilt…hmmm…have you heard the song The Scotsman?

      Fingers crossed that the author writes the earl’s story.

      Let me know what you think of my Medieval heroes. :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. This books sounds fantastic. Gotta love those Scots! I’ve had the same thing happen with secondary characters. They just leap off the page and demand attention. Ronan is that character in my Scottish series. Everyone says they can’t wait until Ronan’s story. I love it when a secondary character becomes larger than life, even if you have to keep them in check. :)

    1. Hey Anita – it’s so true! It’s hard work keeping them in check, but I’m sure Ronan will have you telling his story soon!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Diane Sallans says:

    Well, when I read about your Tyler I definitely decided I wanted to read about his brothers. And I didn’t know about your Scottish books before today – great news!

    1. Hi Diane – I’m so glad you enjoyed reading my Irish cowboys. They’re my first full length contemporaries.

      MacInness is the only Scotsman in the trilogy. In the first book, my hero Garrick of Merewood is a Saxon, and the second and Augustin de Chauret is a Norman.

      You can read excerpts at my website

      Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Hi Colleen!

    You know I always have secondary characters begging for their stories. That’s how Justin and Mac Got thier own books when I wrote EZ Lovin!
    It it has continued.
    I Love the cover! Very nice,


    1. Hey Elaine – absolutely! There was just something about EZ, Justin and Mac that grabbed you by the heart and had you wanting to read more!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Desere says:

    I fall in love with secondary characters all the time , I always feel that behind the character there is definitely just waiting to fully evolve ! Your book sounds incredible and I thank you for the chance to win !


    1. Thanks, Desere! I really hated for that trilogy to end…I was very attached to those characters…especially Winslow;)

      Good luck!

      1. Desere says:

        Getting attached to characters happen to me so often that I simply drive myself crazy waiting for the next part lol I seriously go nuts wanting to know the rest !

  12. Shana Galen says:

    For the most part I tend to stay pretty focused on the main character when reading. Sometimes I do think, whatever happened to…, but I usually know the author will write a book for that character too!

    1. Hi Shana – I wonder if it is luck that the characters bugging us the most are the ones readers what to read about?

      Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Oh, absolutely! I see them in other books and want those secondary characters to be featured elsewhere. Worse yet, the secondary characters in my own books sometimes demand books of their own. Where will it end?

    1. Hi Miriam – once you breathe life into your characters and ones you do not expect to take over keeping vying for attention and their own stories…you just have to give in. :)

      The best part is that they keep on bugging you and you always have stories to tell :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

    2. Kate Welsh says:

      That’s the beauty of it. It doesn’t have to and we get to stop by and see how our previous characters are getting on. And so do our readers. I know I love series books. Ever wonder who was the first author to write a series of related books?


      1. Yes…I have wondered. Do you know who it was?

  14. Tara Nina says:

    Congratulations on the new print book!
    Sometimes in my case, the voices in my head win :)

    1. OMGoodness, Tara! How are you? Thanks for visiting.

      Hmmm…we’ll have to talk about those voices soon. LOL!

  15. Barbara Britton says:

    Hi CH,

    In the last series I read, an outlandish secondary character finally got his say (in the last book), and I was thrilled. When you fall in love with a setting and characters, you want to keep reading about them.

    Your books sound like fun. And oh those kilts!

    1. Hi Barbara – don’t you just love outlandish characters? I find myself rooting for the quirkiest ones. :)

      Thanks! There is just something about a man in a kilt! :)

  16. catslady says:

    When I find a book that I enjoy the characters, I never want it to end. I think series gives you that sense of completion – with main and secondary characters. Medieval is one of my favorite genres.

    1. Exactly! And the characters become friends that you have enjoyed spending time with and hate to say goodbye to…which is why I re-read favorite books.

      I agree about Medievals :)

  17. Kate Welsh says:

    I knew I wasn’t alone with the problem but when it first happened I thought I’d gone around the bend. I complained to my husband that my hero wouldn’t stop arguing with the heroine’s father and just ask for her hand. My husband did look at me like I was crazed and said, “He’s your character. Make him do what you want.” But I couldn’t. Then I realized, no, the hero had to argue with the heroine’s father to settle an old hurt and disappointment in the man. Apparently my hero, being a hero, knew more than I did.
    My current hero is just like that first one. I had to toss him out of town in my first Harlequin Historical, just to shut him up. Now he’s on stage. Oh boy! I’m in for a wild ride.
    Kate Welsh

    1. Kate! thanks so much for stopping by. Lord love our husbands for listening to us talk about our characters. It is so hard since our daughter got married and moved out, she was simply right on the same page whenever I’d start to tell her my latest woe with heroes NOT cooperating!

      Hmmm…sounds like our heroes are giving us (and their heroines) a run for their money!

      Enjoy the ride!

      Thanks for stopping by! Will I see you at the NJ Conference?

  18. Aloha, C.H.! Congrats to Garrick for being patient for his own book! I prefer to read series because the familiar characters welcome me back into the locale, time period, etc.

    1. OMGoodness…Aloha,Kim!

      I agree, it’s always best when the heroes wait their turn. I’m so glad I’m not alone with reading a series. :)

      Thanks for stopping by…see you at RT?!?

  19. Amelia! Thanks. Beautiful Bill is on all three of the print covers and on two of the e-book covers. He’s such a sweetie, too.

    Isn’t it amazing how we connect with characters…the ones we create and the ones we read about?

    Thanks for stopping by!

  20. Amelia Grey says:

    CH, your book sounds fabulous and a GREAT cover, too! I’ve been known to fall in love with many characters–and all at the same time!
    Amelia Grey

  21. Robin Kaye says:

    All the time! And I know as a writer how hard it is to keep a secondary character (or three) in control. Still, there’s nothing better than getting an email from a reader asking when so-and-so’s book is coming out? I can’t wait to read the entire series!

    1. Thanks, Robin. That’s why we writers have to stick together…so no one thinks we’re crazy when we talk about the voices! LOL.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  22. Rebekah E. says:

    I do that all of the time. I think that is why I love series. Alot of the next books in a series are about people that you have read about in the previous books.

    Congrats on your book release.

    1. Hi Rebekah – Me too! One of my all time favorite series is Suz Brockmann’s Tall, Dark, & Dangerous series…Prince Joe is my fave. :)

      Thanks for stopping by…good luck!

  23. Sara Watts says:

    All the time! There’s a secondary character in almost every book I read that I absolutely LOVE! And, it’s a double bonus when they are featured in the author’s next book!

    1. Hi Sara – I totally agree. I am a huge fan of connected books or trilogies. From an author’s POV…sometimes it is just too hard to say goodbye to characters that you love. :)

      Thanks for stopping by…good luck!

  24. eli yanti says:

    hi ch,
    yes,i found it in many books i’ve read and hope the author will write abou them :-)
    your book looks great,i have fell in love with scot’s story since i read julie garwood’s book.
    congratulations for your new book release ^^

    1. Hi Eli:

      Julie Garwood is a fabulous author. The Secret used to be my favorite until she wrote Ransom- my new favorite of her Scottish Medievals.

      Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

      1. eli yanti says:

        thanks CH,

        yes, i definitely love Ransom, especially with the boys, he also said : do you know? and everyone will answer him with “no, what?” =D

  25. Oh, yes, Colleen, I have definitely fallen in love with secondary characters and squealed when the author gave me a chance to read about them in future books! Your Scots sound like so much fun! Congratulations on the new release.

    1. Carolyn! Thanks for stopping by, so great to see you. I agree and that is why I love reading trilogies. :)

      BTW, I have a soft spot in my heart for a braw Scotsman in a kilt…but then again there is just something about a cowboy. LOL!

  26. Betty Hamilton says:

    I usually stay “fixated” on the main character… and I LOVE a tortured hero. Winslow has his own story now and will be the main character! …perfect for me.
    Nice to “meet” you and hear about your books…. they sound like fun reads.
    Best Wishes and thanks for the opportunity to win one!

    1. Hi Betty. Thanks for stopping by. Winslow is one of my favorite heroes. I really had to dig deep to find the perfect woman for him.

      Good luck in the drawing. :)

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