Each of us has a favorite thing about reads. It can be action, tension, setting, romance, character–or a mix of them, of course. I’m very character oriented when reading, and I’m also very character oriented when I come up with stories.
Getting to know characters is a fantastic process. Entirely exhausting at times, but fascinating. I like to think of it as going out with friends. You hang out, learn their mannerisms, pick up on their style and learn their ways. After paying enough attention you get to know who they really are, behind all the jokes and laughs and posing everyone does. I love the process of figuring them out, and I try to write them from the outside in, to introduce them that way too. But while I’m still researching them, still figuring them out, the process often resembles calling a friend to go out. I bring forth the one I’m set on researching, summon her or him into existence before my mind’s eye. This one character though, he couldn’t care less about my process: Rizzo Berg.
He’d just show up out of the blue and stomp and grumble and sass until I’d give him my undivided attention. I liked that about him. I’ve been told he comes across as something of an a$$hole you can’t help but like because he makes you laugh. He felt that way to me, I’ll admit. It’s why I liked him, in fact. You gotta love someone who’s able to win you over while being unrepentant. He’s not apologetic or trying to redeem himself at all. I admired him for it; it was easy to write him down once I got him. It also gave me peace of mind, truth be told. Since he got his happily-ever-after I get a lot peace. He’s way too busy running around after the kids now. That was sort of my vengeance, haha. He wasn’t the family-oriented type, never thought about having kids before he met Conrad, his permanent ally (aka husband). Now Rizzo is a family man, a dad.
And I miss him popping up in my mind’s eye and demanding attention, as irony would have it. He was fun, always made me laugh. But that’s the fate of a writer, maybe, sort of like a parent. Once you’ve given life to this character, this new being, you build them a life up to a point and then you have to let go. I’ll love all of my characters, but I think Rizzo will always be special to me. He’ll always be Rizzo Berg, the one that wouldn’t go away until I gave him his own life.
Do you find yourself in a similar position with characters you’ve read about? What’s the character you read about that simply wouldn’t go away even when the story was over? :-)
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The Heracian Affair
Space Files R Book One
Genre: M/M Sci-Fi , BDSM/Kink (light)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date of Publication: March 20 2013
Number of pages: 131
Word Count: approx 30k
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Even years after Rizzo Berg’s lover and Dom died in combat, the memories torment him. Following a particularly disappointing date, Rizzo goes to sleep in his apartment only to wake up on a spaceship with tall, gorgeous, alien Captain Conrad D’Ollet of Heracia, a man so deliciously dominant Rizzo’s knees turn to jelly.
Apparently the Heracians need help, and Rizzo is a humanitarian through and through. Spending more time around Conrad is totally not one of the reasons he wants to lend a hand.
Soon Rizzo finds himself completely conquered and blissfully owned. But neither he nor Conrad is willing to risk his heart, let go of the past, and dare to believe in a future that won’t end in catastrophe.
About the Author:
Liv Olteano is a voracious reader, music lover, and coffee addict extraordinaire. And occasional geek. Okay, more than occasional.
She believes stories are the best kind of magic there is. And life would be horrible without magic. Her hobbies include losing herself in the minds and souls of characters, giving up countless nights of sleep to get to know said characters, and trying to introduce them to the world. Sometimes they appreciate her efforts. The process would probably go quicker if they’d bring her a cup of coffee now and then when stopping by. Characters—what can you do, right?
Liv has a penchant for quirky stories and is a reverent lover of diversity. She can be found loitering around the Internet at odd hours and being generally awkward and goofy at all times. For The Win.
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
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