I’m pleased to welcome freelance writer Dale Mayer to Magical Musings. Dale is multi-pubbed in nonfiction but her true love is the stories that weave through her mind. For the past nine years, she’s written around the daily responsibilities of being a single mother of four and still squeezes in time to write taut psychological suspense with romance and paranormal elements. She has recently branched out into both mystery and urban fantasy books for young adult with the occasional vampire book thrown in just for fun.
Dale is also a finalist in the Brava Writing With The Stars contest. Kensington Brava will publish the winning writer’s book. I loved Dale’s entry from last month’s contest. The second round starts today, and voting is open through Nov. 28th.
Now, here’s Dale!
After you’ve closed the cover on a book you’ve just finished reading, is it the heroine that sticks with you. Do you resonate with her? Can you place yourself in her world and smile at the thought of walking in her shoes? Or is the male that bounces around in your thoughts? Is it the hunky look of him you remember, those few careful details that grabbed hold and stayed with you? Or is the heroic action he played out in the story that made you smile with delight – even now?
Books are many different things to people. Usually an escape from our daily lives but it’s the sign of a great book when the characters stay with you long past the story begins to fade. Who could ever forget Roarke from the JD Robb books? Not me! I think I’ve read most of the books and sure I can vision some parts and pieces of the various stories – but I could never forget him!
Several books come to mind where I’ve loved the heroine too. Menolly in the first book of Anne McCaffrey’s fire lizards series, Dragonsong, for example. I recently introduced my daughter to the series and now Menolly is one of her favourite characters too.
Sometimes the bad guy is the one that slips into my subconscious to never be forgotten – anyone else remember Hannibal Lector from the Silence of the Lambs? And what about those characters that are meant for light relief or to play a supporting role but end up stealing the show? If you’ve read Amy Atwell’s book, Lying Eyes, you know all about the scene stealing rabbit that will make off with your heart!
As a writer, I try to make characters memorable – every one of them should be unique. But even in Tuesday’s Child while I love my main characters I had to watch out for a heart stealing secondary character that wanted a book of his own. I write his description in the fourth challenge of the Brava Writing with the Stars contest.
When you read a book, do you relate to the hero or the heroin? Do you like characters that learn to bend or learn to be strong? Does it depend on the genre of a book, or is it always different? How often does a book surprise you with a secondary character that comes along and steal your heart?
Here is my entry for my Heroine and Hero.
Samantha Blair is a powerful psychic who wakes up to find herself inside victims as they are being murdered. When she taps into a local killer, Sam contacts a detective – a man who makes her re-evaluate her solitary existence and lack of trust. As the danger escalates, Sam is determined to make a difference for the victims and herself. Steel runs through her spine. Life may have knocked her down in the past, but not out. Never out.
Tall, rugged, and with a soft spot for his matchmaking mama, Brandt Sutherland is a cop on the trail of a serial killer. With his piercing blue eyes and ‘take no prisoner’ attitude, Brandt has spent years avoiding serious relationships while delving into the darkest of crimes. Then he meets Sam, the one woman who makes him think ‘unconditional surrender’ – especially if it’s his own.
This is Edie again, reminding you that voting is open. I was in the American Title V contest last year and know how much it means to the writers. If you have a moment, please check out the contest entries and vote!