With: Wendy Byrne
Congratulations to "Taurus", "Jennifer" and "Kimberly", the winners in Wendy's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!
I was thinking the other day about characters and how they make a book come alive. I think about the books I’ve read and how sometimes characters are the life and breath of the story. One of my favorite characters is Jack Reacher in the Lee Child series. He is alpha male to the max. He’s like Jack Bauer from the TV series 24, except he’s six foot five and over two hundred pounds. He solves problems in small towns, on dusty highways, in out of the way places by kicking butt and taking names. Whereas Jack Bauer in 24 both kicks butt and saves the world with his go-big-or-go-home philosophy.
Not to forget about women in books, there’s Katniss in The Hunger Games, Bridget Jones in Bridget Jones diary, Eve Dallas in the J.D. Robb series and of course Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. They’re memorable.
I also love when a character does the unexpected. The tough as nails Marine gets teary eyed when he encounters a wounded puppy. Jack Bauer shows a speck of emotion when he thinks Chloe might have betrayed her country. Katniss makes a life-changing decision regarding Peeta in The Hunger Games. You get the picture. They stretch outside their comfort zone. It’s what makes a character multi-dimensional.
The old question about is the book plot driven, or character driven comes to the forefront. Sometimes it’s hard to tell. I love characters. I want to love them, hate them, be annoyed by them. Something to make me feel like I know them. I’ve included a short scene from my book, Hard to Kill, that shows the reader a totally different side to Sabrina. She’s tough and in charge 24/7, but sometimes, not so much, as you’ll see below. Because I love when characters do the unexpected. Who are your most memorable characters and why?
Jumping out of an airplane? She’d rather be thrown into a cage match with Attilla the Hun, and have people chanting ‘two men enter, one man leaves.’ than fly through the air.
Boundryless. She didn’t do out of control. He should know that by now.
Heights petrified her. Ever since Max nearly died it had been her worst nightmare.
Kane brought his hand behind her back, ushering her toward one of the planes. Her mind faded in and out as a bout of panic overwhelmed her.
Sabrina glanced at Kane then out the window. She gulped, feeling the anxiety forced down her throat and into her gut.
“Couldn’t we fly the plane in close and land like normal folks, not some crazy daredevils?”
His lips inched up in a slight smirk before he let loose a chuckle.
“You think this is funny? I’m going to be covered in a cast from my neck to my toes and you’re laughing.”
He laughed again and she barely resisted the urge to pop him one. “After all the dangerous stuff you do, you’re scared about jumping out of a plane?”
She folded her arms across her chest refusing to give in to his tease. “I don’t see the point. I’m sure there’s a better way to handle this.”
“We’re parachuting in because there’s no landing strip nearby. The place is in the middle of a forest with only a dirt road access. Besides, we don’t want to get too close and give ourselves away.”
The plane banked to the right then leveled out. Sabrina had a death grip on the seat cushion while the prospect of breaking every bone in her body seemed inevitable.
“Would it be so bad to hike in?” She asked.
“Are you crazy? Look out the window. Do you honestly think we have the time to climb up and down those mountains? They know we’re getting close.”
“Really, I think—” He moved in behind her. The clink sounded seconds before she opened her mouth and let out a blood curdling scream.
I will be giving away 3 copies of my ebook, Hard to Kill to commenters leaving a post or an email entry.
HARD TO KILL
Trained as children to become assassins by the infamous Goren Petrovich, Sabrina Shaw and her two brothers have had a less-than-normal upbringing. After escaping his clutches, Sabrina and her brothers have tried to make a normal life for themselves. Now Sabrina works for an organization called The Alliance, specializing in the kind of jobs that no one else can or wants to do. Her current assignment: find the daughter of a prominent politician who has disappeared, categorized as a runaway by the authorities. It seems simple enough, until Sabrina uncovers the girl may have been the victim of a kidnapping that goes far beyond ransom requests. Now Sabrina must put her training to the test as she infiltrates a sex trafficking ring operating in Europe in order to find the girl…all while dodging a mysterious FBI agent and the demons from her own past.
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