I even think about how they would react to the events of my daily life, even though the books or manuscripts are published or complete.
I always think of Tia and Rork from STARJACKED when I read or see something about the underground railroad on TV. Tia, a life long space pirate grew up with slavery, but eventually comes to see that it’s wrong and fights to save children from the system. I would like to think I would be as brave, but it’s easy with the hindsight of history to know something is wrong — it seems obvious — but when everything around you has been a certain way your whole life, its much harder to see the injustice, let alone take a stand.
Rork, the hero, is a law man. An undercover agent for the Union of Planets. I always think of him when I see an undercover plot on TV. All too often when officers are deep undercover, it’s difficult for them not to identify with their targets, but Rork never ceases to have a clear vision of right and wrong.
Anything about witches reminds me of Thalia, my heroine from BLOOD AND KISSES. She’s a witch who never lets a little problem, like not being very powerful, hold her back. Though, I ache with her through her insecurities, she always steps up and handles what needs to be done.
I hold a special place in my heart for Thalia’s hero, Gideon. Mistakes he made as a human haunt him. He can’t shake the idea that he’s a monster, but he still allows a young witch to convince him to help her in her quest to stop a killer. Though, he’d like to, he can’t stop caring. I love that about him.
I’m in the process of writing and revising several other manuscripts and those characters wake me up at night, or tug on my heart when something reminds me of them. I want others to love them and hurt for them as I do.
What about you? Do things remind you of characters from books, movies, or TV? What characters hold a special place in your heart?