Scott Hildreth On Character Personalities
A hero with a dull personality will cause the best of stories to go unread. Conversely, a heroine who leaps from the pages will carry the reader from beginning to end on an all-night page-flipping binge.
We read to escape from reality. Flat characters bore us, and provide little, if any, escape from our day-to-day life. A vibrant heroine with an animated personality allows us, if even for a few hours, to escape from our ho-hum life. Through the course of the book, whether conscious of it or not, we become the character.
When readers can see themselves as the protagonist, they become immersed in the story. Establishing that connection isn’t always easy, but it is necessary. Making the right choice for your character is often as simple as choosing someone in your own life that you admire or find interesting.
My heroines tend to be far from perfect, but are always strong. In life, very few of us are flawless, but we all secretly wish we were strong, even if we truly aren’t. Having a strong female lead with real-life faults allows my readers to quickly associate with the character.
Once the connection is made, the heroine may lead the reader down a path that seems slightly out of place – or questionable – but because the bond between the reader and the character has already been established, the reader follows, regardless.
Heroes, on the other hand, can be somewhat over the top, but must remain believable. A hero that walks a razor’s edge, teetering between what is lawful and what is lawless is acceptable (at least in my eyes) if he has a strong sense of morale value on matters of the heart.
It’s easy to forgive actions we would otherwise find questionable if the person committing the act has many other redeeming qualities.
So, a gun-running former marine is developed. One who sells firearms in the black market, and justifies his actions by selling only to those people he believes are standing up against oppression. His weaknesses? Women in need, and puppies.
A mafia princess who has spent a lifetime exposed to the evil on and of this earth does her best to escape the grip of her family, and along with it, the crime. She yearns for someone strong, loving, and civil. Based on her family’s background, she’s reluctant to be forthright regarding who she truly is.
The former marine and the mafia boss go to war over territory. All the while, a relationship is brewing with him and the mafia princess.
But he doesn’t know she’s a mafia princess.
The readership of the above mentioned book doesn’t need to be a former marine or a mafia princess to become enveloped in the story. All they need to do is be able to relate. Through well-developed characters that have as many relatable defects as they have strengths, the association is made.
Developing interesting characters will make or break a story. To find the right fit, sometimes it’s as easy as closing our eyes and deciding just who it is we admire the most.
Or who we detest.
It all depends on what path we want to lead the reader along.
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Once, I took down terrorists on the front lines as a marine.
Now I'm in the business of bad.
I've sold guns to people others might not approve of.
I've eliminated the criminals, the lowlifes and the thugs who've tread on my turf.
And I looked the Sicilian Mafia boss in the eye and told him to f*** off.
No one tells me no, unless it's their last word.
I didn't just act the part of bad—I lived it. Then she stumbled into my life.
I tried to stay away from her. Tried focusing on moving my merchandise. But one smile from Terra was like a shot to the heart.
She's mine now. And no one threatens what's mine.
I've seen a lot of terrible things in my life.
I grew up around lies and deception, and I ran away from all of them.
Until I met him.
I knew he was corrupt. I knew he was dangerous.
I should have stayed away, but my attraction to him, my need for him, overrode my logic.
Now I love him.
If he finds out who I am, we're done and I'll be nothing.
I never wanted to be the Mafia princess they tried to make me, but mia familia had other plans. And what mia familia wants…it gets.
Only Michael Tripp can save me.
Born In San Diego California, Scott now calls Wichita, Kansas home. Residing in Kansas with his wife, Jessica, and six children, he somehow finds twelve hours a day to work on his writing. A hybrid author who has published more than two-dozen romance and erotica novels, his three book series through Harlequin is due to start release with the first book in summer 2016.
Scott has spent his entire life pushing boundaries, and his writing is no exception. His books are steamy, however, they always include an HEA, and have no cheating, no sex outside the relationship, and no OW OM drama.
Addicted to riding his Harley-Davidson, tattoos, and drinking coffee, he can generally be found in a tattoo shop, on his Harley, or in a local coffee house when not writing.
Loyal to the fans and faithful followers who allowed him to make writing a full-time career, Scott communicates with his followers on Facebook almost daily. He encourages his readers to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.