Meddling, troublemaking characters we can’t help but love
I know of a particularly lady who regularly crosses the line between helping and meddling. If she is aware of the line, she is not particularly bothered by it. Fortunately for us all, this lady is fictional.
Lady Charlotte Brandon, heroine of Three Schemes and a Scandal, is smart and scheming young miss with a generous heart. She just can’t help but get in trouble while trying to sort out the romantic and familiar entanglements of those she loves. Not that they asked her to…
When trying to set up her friend Lucy with the rakish James Beauchamp, who years ago broke her heart, Charlotte becomes locked in a folly with him and their attempts to escape before they’re discovered result in disaster… As she later points out, who knew garden parties were fraught with danger?!
When that incident results in a riff with James and his father, Charlotte goes to extreme lengths to bring about a meeting so that she might mend familiar relations. But somehow that only results in Charlotte and James in another extremely compromising position…which of course they take good advantage of
That is just the beginning of the meddling, scheming, trouble making and falling in love in Three Schemes and a Scandal.
Let it be known that Charlotte’s meddling is not a character trait she inherited from me (though she may have gotten her bossiness from me!). While I freely offer my opinion and advice, I don’t often get involved. The one time I did, it did not end well. Lesson learned!
Well, lesson learned for me anyway. Charlotte’s meddling does end up in happily-ever-after!
How do you deal with meddling characters?
Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the author of numerous “dazzlingly sexy and witty” historical romance novels. A champion of the romance genre and it’s readers, she is also the author of the non-fiction book Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels, Explained and a co-founder of Lady Jane’s Salon, a national reading series devoted to romantic fiction. Maya lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own. Connect with her on twitter or facebook!