Friday, December 23, 2022

Friday Krissie Fortune is Visiting and talking about Characters #MFRWAuthor #Alpha males

Day 1 Characters


2. Heroes, Heroines, Villains. Which are your favorite to write?



My books all have alpha heroes, and each time I write one, I fall a little bit in love with him. Then again, I wouldn’t want to live them. Too much testosterone, if you  know what I mean. My villains usually have a redeeming feature, although it doesn’t necessarily show when I write them. My heroines, though. They are strong sassy women who will stand up for themselves. Sometimes they need a little help though. That’s when my alpha heroes take center stage. I enjoy making them interact as they fall in love.


3. Heroes. How do you find them? Do pictures, real life or plain imagination create the man you want every reader to love? Do they come before the plot or after you have the idea for the story?


When I come up with a hero, I start with an appropriate name. If he’s from a regency book, I check for historical names of the time. My small town heroes all ex-military, daring, and tough. I work out their age then look at the popular names from the year they were born. Then I usually change it.

I start with them, then work out who they’d fall for and what sort of trouble my hero’s in. When I wrote His Innocent Bride, the hero’s former mistress wants him back. She has help from an unexpected quarter, and he believes she’s scared of the wedding bed. She hires a tutor to teach her about sex.

 When I write about my paranormal heroes, I can name them after classical gods, biblical characters, or anything else that takes my fancy. In my first Menage, I went for Bronte, Plato, and Gore. I try to give them flaws as well as pluses. Perfect would be damned annoying.


4. Heroines. How do you find them? Do pictures, real life or imagination create the woman you want the reader to root for? Do they appear before the plot or after you have the idea for the story? My current favorite book




I often start with a scene featuring the heroine. As I write it, I learn how she thinks and moves. That scene doesn’t often make it into the final draft, but it helps me build up her character. In Claimed as Theirs, the bad guys throw my human heroine—Gwen—into a cage of hungry vampires. That one made the cut.

One of my favorite books is my updated my Christmas story – Marriage, Mobsters, and the Marine. I’m a pantster not a planner. This one broke all my rules. I started with a downtrodden heroine who hasn’t enjoyed Christmas since her father died when she hit her teens. I needed to add danger and a major former military hero. I came up with a marriage of convenience, an evil great aunt who left a twisted will, and a self-contained Marine who never misses a shot. Of all my heroes Jared Armstrong is the one I could live with. He wants to walk away from killing and warfare, but circumstances pull him back in.


5. Villains or villainesses or an antagonist, since they don’t always have to be the bad guy or girl. They can be a person opposed to the hero’s or heroine’s obtaining their goal. How do you choose one? How do you make them human?




6. What is your latest release? Who is the hero, heroine and or the villain?


My latest release is Claimed as Theirs, but it’s almost two years old. I had friends who moved mountains during covid. Not me. I couldn’t write for toffee. I’ve almost finished a paranormal now. Since I’m dyslexic, it takes me ages to check the text before I submit it. Fortunately, my husband and my best friend also read them for me. I’d never not have a book edited by a publisher.



7. What are you working on now?


My WIP  has the working title, Riverborn. I guarantee Stormy Night Publishers will come up with something stronger. It features the immortal son of Verbeia—the Roman Goddess of the River Wharfe. I had fun with this one since every place mentioned is visitable in Yorkshire, England. My heroine is kickass enough to stand up to two ancient gods, but she still needs my riverlord’s unusual skill set to survive.


8. How can people find you? 


All my books are on Amazon. They can be found here.


9. Who are your favorite authors?

 I read six or seven books a week. I’m currently fangirling on Tonya Penrose, Linda Rawlings, and Cate C. Wells. That’s an eclectic mix of mystery, philosophy, biker gangs all wrapped up in romance.



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