Monday, September 7, 2015

Author…Where do Characters Come From?

Congratulations to "Mary P." and "Jonetta A.", the winners in Cindy's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

It’s giveaway time! I’ll be giving away two ebooks of Into the Crossfire to two lucky people who leave me a lovely comment.  Good luck!

People are always asking me, “where do you get your stories from, and where do your characters come from?” “Are they people who you know? Is it someone who I know?” And sometimes they will gasp while cupping their hand over their mouth in complete panic and ask, “Oh, my God! Is it me?!”

Well firstly, take a look at the man on the cover of Into the Crossfire. I know very few—wait, let me rephrase that—I know absolutely NO ONE who looks like that or my character, Jack Haliday. My older brother has made claims on FB several times that it is a photo of him—wishful thinking on his part—Big time! That said I do know who the man is, Stuart Reardon—professional British rugby player/model. Now that I’ve cleared that up, where did this hot ex-Navy SEAL character, Jack Haliday, come from?

He emerged from the other book series that I write, the Unbridled Series. While I was writing book three of the Unbridled Series, Dangerous Deception, I needed a police officer/detective and so I wrote in the character Jack Haliday, an ex-Navy SEAL who was now an undercover detective. As I wrote the story this character was speaking to me. Suddenly, without intention, the man had a lovely wife who was pregnant, and suddenly I was falling completely in love with this witty brave and oh so very handsome detective.

Okay, after the book published I thought very little about him again—until I started writing book four, Against the Ropes, and there he was again bidding for my attention, and winning without much effort! After Against the Ropes published I decided that I wanted to write a black ops series—I love reading them—why not write one? However, I couldn’t resist letting Jack Haliday ride along for one more Unbridled adventure—he made his final appearance in the Unbridled Series in book five, Shady Deals. Some of the characters from the Unbridled Series make an appearance in Into the Crossfire to help usher Jack into his series, First Force—I kinda like that. Thanks guys!

At this point in the conversation, the person I’m talking to tilts their head to one side, narrows their eyes and askes, “seriously? The characters talk to you?”


If you’re an author reading this you know exactly what I’m talking about. Characters tell us when they want to fall in love and when they want to make love. They tell us how they are feeling and what they fear, and as authors we react accordingly.

So where do the characters who whisper into our ear come from? Many places. They come from our childhood, our relationships, experiences, and things we witness—currently or from long ago. Characters are asleep in the deep crevasses of an author’s mind—they awaken and emerge making themselves known to us when the time is right, and then our fingertips race over the keys to make them flesh and bring them to you.


It had been four years since ex-Navy SEAL, Jack Haliday, had an explosive run-in with a biker gang wounding their leader, Gunner. During those years Jack had acquired everything he ever wanted: a beautiful wife, an adorable daughter, and a lovely home in the suburbs—everything was as perfect as it could get, until Gunner returned to twist Jack’s world inside-out with a vengeance that he could never have prepared for. Critically injured, he found himself surrounded in the security of First Force International and in the care of their head medic, Dr. Rayne Lee, a beautiful and compassionate woman who knows firsthand the sharp slice of loss and grief.

Now Jack has a score to settle and he’s got some new friends to help him, but in the end, can Rayne help to ease his grief and encourage him to start a new life with team First Force?  


Closing her eyes, Rayne took in a braced breath. “My name is Rayne. And I know all about the nightmares where the ones that you love are murdered in front of your eyes and you are powerless to stop it.” Her voice fell away. 

Jack’s head snapped toward her. 

She busied herself cleaning up the implements that she had used to suture him while she spoke. “My husband and I were on a medical mission in Peru three years ago. The Peruvian government had taken down a guerrilla group known as the Glory Road near the Amazonian Valley. They had killed or arrested approximately one-hundred members of the group. Matt and I were part of a small medical unit that went in to care for the women that had been held as sex slaves. They were in terrible condition, dehydrated, starved, and beaten. Anyway, Matt, me, and my four-year-old daughter, Sierra, were housed in one of the tiny shacks in a camp. One night, the camp was attacked by the guerrillas they hadn’t captured. It was a slaughter.” Rayne’s voice hiccupped. She needed to catch her breath. She sank onto the edge of the bed. 

Jack watched her intently while she fought to muster composure. 

Finally, she continued, “They killed my husband and my daughter, but for some reason they spared me and several of the women who had been rescued. I wished that they hadn’t. I was their prisoner for seven horrible months. I prayed for death every night. Uncle Walt and his team rescued me. It’s been a long road back to becoming a functioning human being.” Hesitating, she wrung her hands together. She found the courage to look him in the eye. “So you see, Jack, I have a complete understanding of what you’re going through.”

I will be giving away 2 Kindle copies of INTO THE CROSSFIRE to 2 people who leave either a comment or email entry.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Sept. 8th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


  1. Maybe I am a closet writer because I hear people talking in my head all the time. 😉. This book sounds really good, but I am gonna have to get the other series so I can see how Jack came to this book. I do love series books!! Trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

  2. This sounds like an exciting read. Looking forward to finding out more about Jack Haliday.


  3. Oh, heartbreak and high suspense! Sounds delicious.

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

  4. I have to tell you that just reading the blurb for Into The Crossfire gave me goose bumps and had me saying "Oh no" to myself. If reading just that little bit has that effect on me, I absolutely have to read it!

  5. this does look exciting!!! Congrats to Cindy on her new release! Thanks for sharing :) Awesome cover!!!

  6. Oh wow, this book has my attention! Congrats on the release... this sounds really good!

  7. Awesome excerpt - this sounds like an enthralling read. Thank you for sharing a peek into your author world. :)

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  8. interesting info

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  9. Oh, that excerpt is heartbreaking! And the cover model, mmmm.... I've heard other authors talk of characters just jumping into their heads and demanding stories, must get noisy in there at times. :D beasbooknook AT gmail DOT com

  10. This one sounds just awesome!! This is my kind of book, can't wait to read it. Putting it on the wish list.

    mlawson17 at Hotmail dot com

  11. Wow! What wonderful posts! I truly appreciate all the kind words, and I can't wait to see who wins!

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