Earlier this month, the lovely Brighton Walsh wrote about what happens if you give secondary characters names you don’t particularly like, and then they demand to have their own book.
What I want to know is what happens if you give a secondary character a personality that isn’t all that heroic. In other words, how do you turn a knobby-kneed boy whose tights bag around the crotch and turn him into the epitome of cool?
Fortunately, I haven’t had to do an extreme makeover on a character like that, but the hero of my next release is a man I never thought I’d write a story for…until one day he came to me and begged for one.
In Knowing the Score, the first book of my London Legends rugby series, Liam Callaghan is the hero’s best friend and team captain. Liam is a rock when Spencer needs him to be, but Liam’s own taste in women is pretty appalling.
When I decided to write Liam’s story (I never can resist a man who begs), I had to dig deeper into his character. Why was he shallow? Why did he allow his girlfriends to treat him like rubbish? And what kind of woman would make him realize that he can be more than just a piece of arm candy for actresses and models?
And then I realized that something must’ve happened in Liam’s life between the first book and his book. Something tragic. Something that would rock Liam’s world and make him realize how superficial most of it is.
And then I introduced him to Tess, a woman who needed a superhero, not a boy.
Ha! The thrill of being a writer.
Have you ever read a series where a character had to do some serious growing up before his or her story could even start?
Book two of the London Legends
Where do you go to escape everything when you’re one of the most famous rugby players in the world? For Liam Callaghan, that place is a remote lodge on Venezuela’s Caribbean coast. Perfect, except he doesn’t exactly want to be alone with his thoughts. Enter Tess Chambers, the ultimate distraction.
Still reeling from a professional disaster that’s made her all but unemployable, Tess understands the desire to move through life as somebody else. So when instantly recognizable Liam uses a fake name, she runs with it and creates a temporary new identity of her own.
Their time spent together in paradise is idyllic but brief—after one passionate night, Liam wakes up to find Tess gone. Returning to London, he’s shocked to learn she’s taken a job with his team’s new sponsor. As the Legends’ captain, he’ll have to not only figure out how to work with the one woman who ever left him wanting more, but also convince her that their feelings in the present mean more than any lies they’ve told in the past.