Balancing Multiple Series by Katy Regnery + Excerpt
As an author of multiple books within a series, how do you tackle the balance of writing distinct characters?
Great question, and thank you so much for having me on Night Owl Reviews today! I’m so happy to be back here!
I’m not going to lie…when you get to Book #12 or so, you need to be careful that you’re not re-treading characters you’ve already used. Or, if you’re allowing them to share some character traits, that you’re also giving them a distinct and new spin.
In the latest installment of my Blueberry Lane Series, Crazy about Cameron, The Winslow Brothers #3, I chose to write a super sexy alpha male hero, who pretty much always has sex on the brain. It’s not that I haven’t written a character somewhat like Cameron before (Alex English comes to mind!) but I made sure that there were some major differences between the two characters.
For instance, both Alex and Cameron ooze that sexy vibe, but where Alex was a bona fide manwhore, Cameron maintains a certain code of conduct around women.
They both challenged me to write really hot sex scenes, but I was careful not to borrow Alex’s scenes for Cameron. I wanted to break new ground for him, in fact, which led to me to writing my very first shower-sex scene.
Also, whereas Alex English was only interested in a temporary arrangement with Jessica Winslow in his story, Cameron won’t even consider engaging in something fleeting or temporary with Margaret Story. He won’t get involved with her until he can offer her his whole heart.
I think the key when creating similar (yet fundamentally unique) characters, is to carefully get to know the character on a personal level before writing. Since every person you meet in real life is unique, the more real the character feels, the less likely an author will be to caricature them, thereby keeping every new character one-of-a-kind.
Crazy about Cameron is the third of four books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome Winslow brothers who are all on the look-out for love.
(Say what? Not so much...Brooks and Pres are OFF. THE. MARKET, and Chris is so distracted with his campaign, he can't see what - or who - is right under his nose.)
With her stiff posture, black-rimmed glasses and chestnut waves in a tight bun, Cameron Winslow’s downstairs neighbor, Margaret Story, has long been the unaware star of his filthiest dirty-librarian fantasies. But with a floundering business eating up all his time, Cam doesn’t have the open road he’d need to date a lady like Margaret.
Margaret, who grew up down the road from Cameron, has always thought of him as a cross between a bully and a tease, as likely to pull her braids as pull her leg. But he’s grown up to be a smokin’ hot businessman, and Margaret can't help daydreaming about what it would feel like to be under, um, with someone like him.
When hot-headed Cameron and buttoned-up Margaret start using the same shady contractor for apartment renovations, Margaret may find herself in some unexpected trouble, which forces long-hidden feelings to come out of hiding...and might just make way for two unlikely fantasies to finally come true.
Return to the world created in the English Brothers books with this fresh foursome of scorching hot Winslow Brothers!
*All books in The Blueberry Lane Series can be enjoyed as standalone novels.*
When he spoke, his voice was a desperate whisper, taut and tender at once. “I’m not just falling for you, or crazy about you. This didn’t just sneak up on me, and while it’s better than I ever expected, it’s not as new to me as it is to you. I’m in love with you, Meggie. I fucking love you. And I don’t know how to go slow. I don’t know how to slow down. I don’t know how to do anything but love you as hard as I can for as long as I can. I tried my fucking best to be careful with you, to be cautious and patient and gentle and not to scare you away. But the truth? The truth is—”
“I love you too.”
He was silent, his chest pushing relentlessly into hers with every breath he drew. Finally he leaned back and looked into her eyes as though stricken, like he couldn’t believe what she’d just said.
“What are you . . . I mean, are you—”
“I’m in love with you too. And yes,” she said, leaning forward so that her lips brushed against his when she finished, “I’m sure.”
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