Earlier this year, I had author Kimberly Killion as a guest. She has returned today to talk to us about the characters in her debut book, HER ONE DESIRE.
Hello, Jennifer, and thanks for having me back. As an artist, I need visuals to draw my interest and it is no different in my writing. When developing a story, I put together a storyboard to help me visualize the characters. When I wrote HER ONE DESIRE, I wanted the characters to have their own special talents and quirks, as well as goals and fears. I wanted them to be real, so before I wrote a word, I needed to know not only their physical description, but also their dreams. So today, I would like to introduce them to you.
PARENTAGE: Daughter of the Lord High Executioner
FEARS: Afraid of the dark, water, small spaces…having a son who will inherit the family profession.
GOAL & DREAMS: Liy wishes to save her father’s soul and see the man who destroyed her family brought to justice. After which, she hopes to spend the remainder of her life within the safety of a cloister (of course Broc will change all that J)
PARENTAGE: Second son and heir of Lord Magnus Maxwell, Warden of the West Marches
Also: SIR JULIAN ASCOTT, Scottish Spy
FEARS and DESIRES: He is a fearless warrior who wants for nothing more than to see his clan protected from the hated English.
GOALS & DREAMS: As a spy, Broc seeks information to convince the King of Scotland to align with France. Also, he hopes to bring his most hated enemy to justice for the slaughter of his kin and return to Scotland to marry the woman he has desired for the whole of his life and unite the border clans. (of course Lizzy will change all that J)
GOAL: To see his daughter safe.
NOTE: No man needed his soul saved more than Lizzy’s father.
GOAL: To punish those who have humiliated him and stolen from him.
NOTE: This man is pure evil. Enough said.
DUTY: The Protector of the Realm. It is his duty to protect England as well as his nephews—the king’s sons.
NAME: DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM (non-fiction character)
ROLE: In line, alongside the Duke of Gloucester for the crown.
ROLE: Lizzy’s mother figure
DESCRIPTION: A clever, naughty, auld woman, who plays havoc with Lizzy’s head.
ROLE: The Matchmaker
DESCRIPTION: Hot tempered and always meddling, Celeste become a true friend to Lizzy.
ROLE: The Supporter
DESCRIPTION: Cousin and friend to Broc, John is a hero in is own right who is married to Celeste and has kept secrets of his own.
ROLE: The Drabber (man-whore)
DESCRIPTION: Simply put, Smitt is in love with himself and women. All kinds of women, most of whom are ‘smitten’ with him. His character is so strong, he might even get his own book someday.
ROLE: Broc’s grandmother
DESCRIPTION: With a sword, plenty of whisky, and boney fingers for poking, Broc’s Grandmum is sure to draw a smile from even the toughest reader.
ROLE: Lizzy’s chicken
Thank you, Jennifer, for allowing me to introduce your readers to the ‘cast’ of Her One Desire. Hopefully, I have piqued someone’s interests. I will give away an autographed copy of Her One Desire to a random commenter who tells me which of these characters intrigued you the most and why? Also, I’d love to talk more about what characters the readers love and hate. Are you tired of the ‘goofy’ sidekick? Or maybe you would like to see more/less ‘G.I. Jane’s’ in historicals. You know the type…a heroine who kicks ass and takes names.
And I’ll announce the winner of Her One Desire tomorrow, July 26, so be sure to come back to see if you won!