The Importance of Secondary Characters
When I first started writing, my entire focus was on my main characters. Secondary characters only showed up when they were needed to give information to the main character or to cause a ruckus. When I figured out my character's backgrounds and motivations, I focused solely on the main ones.
The best secondary characters out there do more than act as stooges for the main characters. Would we enjoy Kim Harrison's The Hollows series as much without Jenks? Would The Princess Bride be as compelling if we didn't have Inigo Montoya and his hunt for the six-fingered man who killed his father? Would Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels series be as compelling without Andrea?
I don't think so.
Strong secondary characters fill out the author's world. They make it more real and they give readers all the more reason to care.
The world of Banshee Charmer is full of all kinds of different creatures. Banshees, succubi, vampires, witches, and others occupy it. And while the focus of this story is on a half-banshee named Mac, I do hope that the secondary characters I've created evoke some interest as well.
What secondary characters have captured your heart over the years?
Title: Banshee Charmer (From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency, #1)
Author: Tiffany Allee
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 159 pages
Release Date: January 2012
From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency - Book One
When she’s sent to a crime scene and finds her second dead woman in as many weeks, half-banshee detective Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin is convinced a serial killer is on the loose.
Incubi are extinct, her boss insists. But what else can kill a woman in the throes of pleasure? When her partner is murdered after using witchcraft to locate the killer and Mac is thrown off the case, her frustration turns to desperation.
Certain the killer is an incubus, Mac works behind her department’s back to chase down slim, sometimes perilous leads. While the killer eludes her, she does discover handsome Aidan Byrne, an investigative counterpart from the enigmatic Otherworlder Enforcement Agency. Mac typically runs her investigations fast and hard, but with Aidan at her side, she’s running this one “hot” as well.
But Aidan knows more than he’s letting on—something that could shatter their blazing romance and add Mac to the killer’s growing body count…
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Available at Amazon after January 24th, 2012About the Author:
working in Corporate America while daydreaming about sexy heroes, ass-kicking heroines, and interesting ways to kill people (for her books,
Her nights are reserved for writing and bothering her husband and cats (according to them). Her passions include reading, chocolate, travel, wine, and family.
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