No, seriously. I have to rein them in halfway through the book so they don’t take over!
And I’m not just talking humans, either.
Think I’m kidding?
In Her Road Home, my biker-chick romance, Samantha’s best friend is a big-hair, town matchmaker café owner in so-tight-they’re-painted-on uniforms. A ditz, right? Until you realize she’s a math-nerd who gave up an MIT education.
Sam is adopted by Bugs (short for butt-ugly), a bulldog who drools like a waterfall, and farts like cannon-fire.
In The Sweet Spot, Charla, a simple country girl, is befriended by a New Yorker with a killer bod, a bad sense of style, and a worse attitude. Another ditz? You may think so, until you hear she used to weigh 300 pounds and is married to a very successful AV nerd from High School.
There’s a few animal secondary characters to choose from here:
Pork Chop, Charla’s pudgy palomino
Tricks – a cow that escapes from intact fences. Charla dislikes Tricks, until she almost loses her.
Dirty Tricks – Tricks’ calf.
But the hardest secondary character I’ve written by far, was Wyatt Jameson, the brother of my hero, Max Jameson, in Nothing Sweeter, my new release.
Max is an old-fashioned Colorado rancher. Think Marlboro Man, but stubborn, set in his ways, and a moral compass chipped out of stone.
Oh, and Wyatt’s gay.
I didn’t want a stereotype – for either Max or Wyatt. I wanted to portray the true dilemma, and bedrock feelings and beliefs of both these complex characters as they try to find a way through to be a family. It was a challenge, but only the readers can tell me if I succeeded!
Fire Ant is a tiny bucking bull who doesn’t know he’s small. And his heart sure isn’t! Everyone laughs at Bree, the heroine, when she buys him but she and Fire Ant have the last laugh!
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