Day 1 Characters
2. Heroes, Heroines, Villains. Which are your favorite to
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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?
books are on Amazon. They can be found here. https://www.amazon.com/stores/Kryssie-Fortune/author/B00J5AQOBU
are your favorite authors?
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.