By: Nancy C. Weeks
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Why are secondary characters, or for a crueler description, incidental characters so forgettable?
Every story contains a character who has a fleeting presence in the story, but then seems to just disappear. They exist in those few sentences on the page for one reason, to help move the story along. This type of character is called a secondary character, and most readers will glance at the name, give them a momentary thought before forgetting they ever existed. Their focus is on the main characters ― which is where it should be.
In real life, we all encounter what could be considered secondary characters; the clerk ringing up your purchases at the grocery store, the busboy who removes the dishes from your table at a restaurant. But these people, who only exist in our lives for minutes, are real. We comprehend that they have whole meaningful lives completely separate from our own, even though they may disappear from our lives forever.
If this is true in real life, then why are secondary characters so forgettable in fiction? Why arethese characters so easily written off the page by editors? As an author, I spend a good amount of time developing all the characters in my stories. Their lives, their back stories become very real to me.
In the Shadow of Evil begins with the same pivotal event that occurred in my first book, In the Shadow of Greed. Both stories begin after a horrific attack of a young college student named Hanna Tu. One brother, the hero of In the Shadow of Greed, Jason McNeil is sent off to the hospital to get the victim’s statement. The other brother, Jared McNeil, the hero of In the Shadow of Evil went to the crime scene. From In the Shadow of Greed, the reader learns very little about who Jared is and what kind of man he has become. In fact, the story could have existed without him.
But Jared McNeil has his own story. He is affected just as deeply by the events of Hanna’s attack as Jason was. That event will live in Jared’s nightmares for the rest of his life.
In the Shadow of Evil takes Jared on a rough ride where he must learn that love and trust can overshadow even the darkest obsession. I believe readers will love reading about Jared’s amazing story, and how that one horrific event leads him to Jennie McKenzie and his happy-ever-after.
As an author, I have the privilege of diving into the lives of my characters, giving their stories the weight and purpose they deserve. In a small way, I’m trying to honor their humanity. Have you ever run across a secondary character that you wish the author would have brought back so you could live his/her story?
Nancy will be giving away a digital copy of In the Shadow of Evil and Inthe Shadow of Greed to one person who leaves a comment and/or email entry.
Elías Mendoza’s personal vendetta against the McKenzie family rests on Jennie’s shoulders. As she cradles the bullet ridden body of her ten-year old student, she knows Mendoza is responsible. Quinton’s death is a message. Jennie’s life belongs to only Mendoza. But she has her own message. No one else dies. Her life means nothing as long as Mendoza is free.
Jared McNeil has spent ten years with Maryland’s Special Crime Unit and very little rattles him. When the haunted teenager he once tried to protect walks into his precinct now a beautiful woman, he wants nothing more than to wrap her in his arms and never let her go. But he soon realizes she is there only to settle her debts before she goes after his nemesis, Mendoza. Jared’s vow to stay away from Jennie until the task force destroys Mendoza now means nothing.
What Jared and Jennie don't understand is there are forces at play greater than the evil shadowing them, but time is running out. United, they can do anything. Alone, they will fail.
Nancy C. Weeks has loved happy-ever-after romances since she was in her early teens. While still in college, she met and married her hero and spent the next several years honeymooning and working overseas. Today, she lives in suburban Maryland with her husband of more than thirty years. Her two children are in college and she spends her days out on her deck writing as the local bird population keeps her company. She loves to hear from her readers.
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