Jaclyn, I’m so pleased to be introduced to your men from Haven’s Cove. Just when I thought I had a favorite, things changed and someone else caught my attention. Thank you for talking to us about your story and welcome.
Hello All! Thank you, Mainely Stories, for having me today to celebrate my new release, Hard to Get!
Hard to Get is set in a small New Hampshire town that I’ve created called Haven’s Cove. I love that cozy feeling that small towns bring to a story, or in this case, series of stories. For me, character building is an important part of creating a believable small town.
My main goal when introducing the MCs, or future MCs, to the readers is for the reader to feel like they truly know these characters. Different aspects of their personality are key elements to building my characters. What are they like? How do they interact with the people of this small town? How do others see them? In Hard to Get, Gabe D’Angelo is an overly confident, aggressive, wealthy man. He’s gorgeous and he knows it. Part of Gabe’s personality is to initially turn his nose up at anything about small town living. Nate Black is a blue-collar man who prefers the small town over busy city life. He’s stubborn, angry, and standoffish. His first reaction is to push people away, or assume things about them before he actually gets to know them.
I like bringing character traits together to, hopefully, bring these men to life. My goal is to show little things about the character that makes them more real to the reader. Gabe likes high-end things, and with that, has a high-end attitude. Gabe, in my mind, is this snarky, sarcastic, yet extremely caring man. He shows his distaste or desires with a look, a roll of the eyes, a sigh of derision, or an unmistakable leer. He’s sassy, he’s proud, and he knows how to make a dramatic exit with the swing of his hips. Nate, on the other hand, is broody, grumpy, and judgmental. He uses anger and sarcasm as a defense mechanism. Yet, with his family he can truly let his guard down. He’s not happy being this distrusting, closed-off man. He’s hard around the edges, but deep down he’s really just afraid.
Getting down to the nitty-gritty and really reaching down deep into these characters’ personalities is so important. They have this outer layer, like the candy coating of an M&M (and now I want chocolate). Okay, so they have this hard shell or have created this façade of what they want people to see. My goal is to make the reader understand what’s going on inside. What makes them happy? What are they afraid of? What makes them melt? For Gabe, his need to be loved for the man he truly is inside is the heart of his personality. He realizes that for someone to truly love him, he needs to learn to love himself. He’s not as confident as he portrays and also isn’t as comfortable with the man he’s become—the man he shows other people. In his heart, he has so much love and he shows that by small gestures. Then there’s Nate. His hard exterior is a just a wall of protection. What he really wants is to trust again. He has fears that drive him to make assumptions, but he loves big when he allows himself to. The anger he shows on the outside is to hide how vulnerable he feels on the inside.
My hope is to show who these men are, by not only their exterior self but also giving glimpses into who they are internally. By showing these traits, I hope the reader understands where these characters are coming from and why they’ve made the decisions they’ve made. Maybe the reader can even forgive the ugly or bad side, if they truly see the good in them too.
If all this comes together, as I hope it does, I’ve created characters that readers have connected to and hopefully, in turn, have brought them to life in this small town of Haven’s Cove.
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