Today we have Erin Kellison on talking about character eureka and her new book Fire Kissed which if you haven’t bought it yet you must because OMG Jack Bastian is one AMAZING hero.In case you missed it we did a Sunday Snippet with him which you can find here. She is also giving away a copy of Fire Kissed so leave her a comment about who your favorite hero is and why?
Eureka moment: Jack Bastian of Fire Kissed
First of all, a tremendous thank you for hosting me here today to my good friends of The Book Reading Gals, who I met at RomCon when my first book was about to release. Big hugs. And as a thank you to readers stopping by I’m offering up a copy (print or e) of Fire Kissed, book one in my Shadow Kissed series. All you have to do is tell me one of your favorite heroes and why.
“Although historically I’m your mortal enemy…today, I’m your prospective employer, Jack Bastian.”
I was driving down Val Vista Road at night. It was very dark and empty, and I was thinking about the hero of the book I was working on, Jack Bastian of Fire Kissed. I already had the heroine in mind and I needed a man who could match her, temper her, and fight with her.
I knew he was going to be an angel of what I call “The Order” because she was going to be a reckless, wild mage who could wield fire. The simple fact of what each of them were would provide a lot of the conflict of the book.
And since he is sent to hire her, he needed to be an angel in good standing, believing in his cause and unlikely to set aside who he was for a woman, and certainly not a mage woman.
So I was driving down Val Vista, about to make the turn for home, when I suddenly got an image of Jack caught in the moment of falling. He was arrested in the air, arms outstretched, legs buckled. It was the moment that his world falls apart—what writers call the black moment. The black moment is essential to every character arc; it’s when everything the character hoped for, worked for, and needed appears to be completely unattainable. I felt Jack’s confusion and heartbreak, and I knew exactly how I was going to write him. When I pulled up to my house, I was energized, grinning, and confident. Torturing a good man sometimes does that to me.
“The trouble with being an angel on Earth was that he was still a man. And for this woman, the only one in a thousand years, his body and soul ached.”
Rest assured, he makes out pretty okay in the end as well.
All right, contest time: Who are your favorite heroes and why?
It is Kaye Brand’s power to wield. But outcast from her kind, she’s been selling herself to the highest bidder – money for her survival in exchange for a magic glimpse into the flames of the future.
One of the angelic Order, Jack Bastian has no use for a female like Kaye, as provocative and unexpected as her blazing beauty. Yet he has no choice but to hire her to uncover the secrets of his sworn enemy and her former fiance, Ferrol Grey.
War is inevitable between the defenders of the Order and the mage Houses who threaten to engulf the world in Shadow. For Jack, mage-born Kaye is off limits, no matter how hot the impossible attraction between them. But in the coming darkness, beset by danger and desire, everything is about to change…
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Erin’s website: www.ErinKellison.com.