Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome author Denise Tompkins today.
I hear voices. Lots of voices. They talk to me way more than I’d like to admit and, more often than not, at the most inopportune times. For example, last night I was reading a popular urban fantasy series and one of my favorite characters was on the page. I was totally into the scene when this internal voice overrode the dialogue. His voice is velvet, his Scottish brogue like auditory foreplay. He suggested—gently for an Alpha male—that I put down the novel, get my laptop and finish a scene I’d left hanging with him and two other characters. It was, after all, bothering him that the scene lacked closure. Of course I did what he asked, because it’s not wise to ignore him when he asks for something. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the hero of Legacy: Bahlin Drago.
When I started writing, it took me a while to sort out character voices. I would struggle initially to find the right voice for the right character because there were so many voices from which to choose. I would play with these imaginary people on paper, trying to find the right combinations. Bahlin was different. I was laying in bed, struggling with the concept of Legacy, when he literally strolled across my frontal lobe, shirtless (thank you, imagination) and said, very clearly, “Stop yehr fashin’ aboot and get up already. Nothin’ will get done with you having a lie in.”
I sputtered and said, “It’s freaking midnight.”
He arched a dark brow and smirked. “Not in Scotland, love.”
Right then, right there, I had him. Needless to say, I got out of bed and wrote. It was one of the most productive midnight writing sessions ever, but I still resented the manner in which it all happened. He didn’t care then, and he cares even less now.
What I’ve learned is that Bahlin is a very wily creature. He’s a conundrum that, to me, makes the series a great deal of fun to write. While he loves Maddy, he’s also equally fond of power, and it’s a real gamble as to which holds his heart on any given day. It took me until halfway through the book to get a good feel for him, he was so slippery. He’d come across sincere one minute and a bit underhanded the next. His charming demeanor and the love of the heroine, Maddy, tends to override the fact that he’s got an agenda.
I struggled mightily with him, at times loving him and alternately hating him. It was when I figured out his true agenda that I knew, I knew, I had him right, because no character that is that complex can be anything other than three-dimensional.
Bahlin hovers in my mind, a constant presence, regardless of whether or not the project at hand is his. He’s got unfinished business, and I have a feeling that he’ll be making himself known on a regular basis until he feels things have been tied up neatly and the series is ready to come to a close.
Legacy debuts October 18, 2011. The second book, Wrath, releases April 3, 2012 and the third, Vengeance, releases October 2012. Print books are available approximately 10 months after the digital release.
Visit Denise Tompkins’ website for more information about Legacy and her other upcoming releases.
Denise would like to giveaway a $25 Amazon gift card and an eBook copy of Legacy to one lucky reader. To enter, leave a comment on her post above about character voices. What’s your take?
Giveaway is open until October 21, winner announced soon after.
Pre-order a copy of Legacy HERE.