On Character Chemistry

by Kristina Knight

There is a scene from NCIS – one of my favorite shows – from a couple of years ago, just after Ziva has left. Gibbs doesn’t want another agent on his team, McGee and DiNozzo think they need to fill the empty desk…which, for them, means another pretty girl on the team. So, of course, every woman they interview has that going for them. But, as they are walking down the hall after presenting their latest find to Gibbs, DiNozzo says this will definitely be the one.

“It’s the pah. The patter, the zing…it’s the pah,” he says, when McGee questions him.

I love that line, and I think it’s true. We can tell a lot about how we’ll get along with a new person based on those first few minutes we’re in their company. They ‘get’ our humor or they don’t, they have a few of the same references or they don’t, that kind of thing.

Banter is part of the ‘pah’, I think. Those moments when we aren’t arguing, per se, but we also aren’t completely on the same page – mostly because we don’t want to be. It’s different than bickering. To me, bickering is picking a fight. It’s ‘I’m right and therefore you are wrong and therefore I will prove you wrong’. For me, bickering doesn’t have the same ‘pah’ as bantering does. Bantering is leading somewhere….and in our books, that ‘somewhere’ is usually the bedroom!

As writers, we can make sure our characters have the same references, the same humor – and that their banter is leading them somewhere fun. I love it when the banter does that. I love it even more when the banter goes somewhere else, when it morphs from the back-and-forth I’ve had planned into something deeper. Something bigger.

9781440595745In What the Bachelor Gets, Callie and Gage definitely have their own patter and banter down. Here are a couple of examples:

            “So if I see a princess crown or a bottle of Jack inside a Charlie Brown mug, I shouldn’t buy it?”

            “You don’t ever need to buy me Jack Daniels, that stuff is lethal, and it would be a crime against Charlie Browndom if whiskey were anywhere near the characters. As for the crown, if it’s plastic and glittery, yes, don’t buy it.” Her heart beat a little faster. “But if you’re talking real tiara … I’m kind of a sucker for those.”

            “Already aiming for the jewels. Nice, Cal.”

            “You asked. And if you did buy me a tiara, it wouldn’t go in a box. Something like that should be displayed or worn as often as possible.” 

And then there is this:

“So you’re not just an angel, then?”

Gage couldn’t resist shooting her a flirtatious look across the cab of his Escalade. “Oh, I’m an angel all right. But I’ve been called a devil, too.”

 Or this:

“Great.” Gage stood. “We’ll start here.” He handed one of the sheets to her. “And work our way down the list.”

“I don’t have any appointments made. I was waiting until after I met with the investors.”

“And now you’ve met with me, and I’ve approved your plans, and I’m already here, so why not go see the new spaces together?”

“I don’t need your help.”

“Oh, you kinda do.”

“You condescending—”

He shot her a teasing grin. “Besides I like looking at real estate. It’s a compulsion. Having you around will keep me from buying anything new. Maybe.” 

Do you like character banter? 

The Billionaire Cowboys trilogy by best-selling author Kristina Knight kicks off with a seductive story of long-simmering feelings and hot Vegas nights.

When Vegas Nightly names local property developer Gage Reeves as its sexiest bachelor, he’s barraged with a stream of showgirls, local socialites, and entertainers who all expect something from him. But all Gage wants is to make a success of his new luxury shopping development.

Enter Callie Holliday. Callie dreams of having the hottest day spa in Vegas, but she’s saddled with a bad location and an account balance full of zeroes. When she walks into a last-chance meeting with an angel investor and finds herself face to face with Gage, the childhood friend on whom she had a huge crush, she’s not sure his reputation is the right match for her business. But then he offers her a storefront in his new high-end retail complex, and she has to admit it’s a thoroughly tempting proposition. But feelings she thought were long buried threaten to turn their deal from strictly professional to decidedly personal.

It’s risky business gambling on love . . .

Sensuality Level: Sensual 

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Author Bio:

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she’s living her own happily ever after.

Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

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