Mary Doherty is the winner of the DVD of Frozen. Congrats! I’ll email you, Mary, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please give a warm welcome to our special guest, Judy Duarte! I had the pleasure of working with Judy on Harlequin’s 2014 Fortunes of Texas series, and I was thrilled when she agreed to join us today. So, without further adieu…
You Gotta Love Those Kids…
One of the things I love about writing a romance—in addition to creating a beautiful love story—is the chance to create unique and entertaining secondary characters who add that special something to the book. And that’s why I especially enjoyed writing A HOUSE FULL OF FORTUNES!
Everyone loves a funny sidekick, a dastardly villain, or an older and wiser friend. But personally, my favorite secondary characters are children.
Having raised five of my own, I’ve also been blessed with their cousins, their friends, and now their children—my grandchildren. Needless to say, I’ve put in my share of babysitting, volunteering in the classroom, chaperoning field trips, and teaching Sunday school. I’ve cooked for kids, cleaned up after them, rocked them to sleep and disciplined them. Over the years I’ve come to understand kids and to always expect the unexpected whenever they’re in the room.
When writing Toby and Angie’s romance, I had the opportunity to create not one, but three children. Toby Fortune Jones had taken in three foster kids who had nowhere else to go. And while his heart was in the right place, he found that it isn’t always easy to juggle the needs and personalities of three youngsters. He soon found himself relying on Angie Edwards to help him with his adorable brood.
Art Linkletter was right. Kids really do say the darnedest things. That’s what makes them so fun to include as secondary characters. But when doing so, a writer needs to make them as realistic as possible.
My daughter, who is also an author, once stopped reading a book because she couldn’t wrap her head around the fact that the heroine’s son kept asking his grandmother for more helpings of her delicious okra and vegetable stew. My daughter said, “Have you ever heard a seven year old boy beg for okra? I’m sure there might be one or two out there, but at my house, it’s a battle just to get my kids to eat carrots with ranch dressing. I’m not buying it.”
So kids can be cute, they can be funny, and they can be a challenge. But when created realistically, they can add so much to the layers of a book. I tried my best to do that with Brian, Justin, and Kylie. I hope my readers agree—and that they’ll enjoy watching Angie and Toby fall in love, in spite of all the antics and obstacles they have to overcome in A HOUSE FULL OF FORTUNES!
Judy is giving away an Amazon gift card to one person who posts. So, please join in on the fun and leave a comment below.
Thanks to everyone who shared stories about scary books and movies! The winner of an e-book copy of any of my Bell River titles–Wild for the Sheriff, Betting on the Cowboy, The Ranch She Left Behind, or the upcoming May release, The Secrets of Bell River– is
Rochelle, if you’ll email me at KOBrien@aol.com, telling me which book you’d like and where to direct it, I’ll get it out to you ASAP! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Thanks to everyone who left a comment on my latest post. Congratulations to MaureenE! She wins a digital copy of my “How To” series–3 full length historical romances in one romp of a boxed set!–in her choice of Kindle or Nook format!
“Full of such sly fun that the pages really flew by. All I have to do now is find the author’s backlist.” ~ on “How to Please a Pirate” ~ All About Romance
The winner of WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND and IF YOU GIVE A RAKE A RUBY is MaureenE. Congrats, Maureen!