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As a reader, I love when a character demands my attention and gets me emotionally invested in his or her journey. As a writer, I sometimes find my secondary characters grab my attention. When this happens, I know that character needs his or her own book.
While writing Man Law, my debut release, I kept thinking about the character of Monk. At the time, I didn’t know why this character kept begging for my attention. All I knew was he always wore a do-rag. Outside of the nickname Monk, I didn’t even know what his proper name would be. But that do-rag, it kept calling to me.
I started jotting character notes. Monk would be a fixer, an over-the-top alpha male who loved to get into the action and take on people’s problems. I kept going back to the do-rag though. I originally put the do-rag on Monk to differentiate him from the rest of the secondary characters in Man Law, but as I sketched my character notes, I realized there had to be more to it.
I figured out that Monk (I still hadn’t given him a proper name) was a bit of a rebel. As a young boy, he drove his blueblood mother crazy with his constant adventures. Yes, he’d be known for rappelling from the school roof or climbing a neighbor’s trellis. You see, Monk is an adrenaline junkie who never quite fit into the blueblood social set. He learned to live with it.
Then he started wearing a do-rag. If you ask him why, he’ll say he likes the way it looks. If you push him on it, he’ll tell you it’s a tiny bit of rebellion against his upbringing. After all, his mother couldn’t have one of her sons wearing that “thing” on his head.That’s when Peter Jessup was born. Yep, Monk now had a proper name and a backstory for me to work with while I plotted A Just Deception. I had fun with this character. I gave him flaws he’d be forced to struggle with. For me, peeling back a character’s layers until their weak spots are revealed is the fun part. Even more fun is exploiting those weaknesses. That’s what I tried to do with Peter “Monk” Jessup. Even if he did hate it.
And to think, it all started with a do-rag.
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Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and women’s fiction. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her work-a-holic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog. A Just Deception, book two in the Private Protectors series is available from Carina Press. Risking Trust, book three in the series will be available on November 7, 2011. For more information please visit www.AdrienneGiordano.com. Adrienne can be found on Twitter and Facebook.
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