Guest Author: Robin Beilman on “Boys Next Door” – Character Inspiration



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Thanks so much for having me as a guest today, Sophia! I’m so happy to be here to talk about character inspiration.

Boys Next Door

In my newest release, Yours At Midnight, I had the best time writing my hero, Quinn. He was one of those characters that just poured out of me as if he were a living, breathing guy, sitting right next to me. But before I put any actual words on the page, something happened. His brother appeared—his twin brother. Huh, I thought, my intrigue with twins obviously deciding to Yours at Midnight by Robin Bielmanshow itself. I have a younger brother and growing up I remember how cool I thought it would be to have a twin sister, someone I could share everything with, someone that would always be there.

For the purpose of my story, the most significant thing Quinn and his brother, Oliver, share is their attachment to the girl next door and my heroine, Lyric. But then something else happened. Oliver died. So this wasn’t a story about twin brothers fighting over the girl—although Oliver’s presence is very much alive in the story and does cause conflict. It was a story about a hero coming to terms with losing someone and moving forward. To discovering the strength he had inside him, the playfulness, the want and need to forgive. And about going after the girl he’d always wanted.

Have I known anyone in this situation? No. But almost four years ago I lost my dad unexpectedly, and sometimes I feel like I’m still getting over that loss. I’d never written the absence of a loved one like this before and I think that’s because it took me until now to be ready for it. I’m not sure I even realized at the time what I was doing. But I know what I was feeling. I was missing my dad. So, I think in some way I needed to write a character who was also missing someone, and whose goal was to figure out how to move forward.

Inspiration comes in lots of different shapes and sizes and affects people in countless ways. I loved including humor, banter, and several secondary characters in my story, too, and I hope that everyone finds a little piece of themselves or someone they know in my story.

I’d love to hear what has inspired you lately.

A bit about Robin Bielman’s novella, Yours at Midnight:

Lyric Whetsone only had eyes for Quinn Sobel’s brother Oliver, until a car crash took Oliver’s life on New Year’s Eve. Then, a moment of shared grief between Quinn and Lyric became something more impassioned, something that frightened Quinn so much he ran from Lyric’s bed and her life, disappearing for four long years.

Now Quinn’s back for another New Year’s Eve, struggling for closure, desperate to leave his grief in the past and make amends with the girl of his dreams.

But Lyric has a secret–one that could drive Quinn from her life forever. Will Quinn run away from the love and acceptance he’s always wanted…or will he claim his New Year’s kiss and make her his at midnight?

A bit about Robin Bielman:

Robin2-287x300Robin Bielman lives in Southern California, a bike ride away from the ocean if she’s feeling really adventurous. She loves books and baking and running on the treadmill while watching her favorite TV shows. When she’s not reading or writing her next story, she’s spending time with her high school sweetheart husband and two sons. She is addicted to cafe mocha’s and if every day were Cupcake Day, she’d be a happy camper! She loves to connect with readers.

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    • says

      Hi Kelly! Loss is hard and honestly, I’m just now able to talk about it more often. I was close to my dad. He was *really* close to my kids. And I still often feel like it’s not real.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment.

  1. says

    lately, the weather has been inspiring me — it ranges from snowy to sunny and cold with a lot of freezing fog. i’m not a winter lover but something about this time of year is made for reading

    • says

      Hi Eva! Oh, I love curling up with a good book when it’s cold outside. Like you, I’m a warm weather gal, but there is something about a chill in the air that makes reading such a pleasure. Of course, I can read any time of year – it’s a slight addiction. :)

  2. June M. says

    Thanks so much for sharing about your inspiration. Losing a loved one is hard but it is great when they inspire us. Can’t wait to read the book :)

    • says

      Hey June! I’m trying to get better at sharing. :) I’m pretty shy. I hope you enjoy the book! And thanks so much for following me on my tour – I so appreciate it!

  3. Diane Sallans says

    I especially enjoy the HEA when the couple goes thru some sad times.
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  4. says

    I loved Quinn so much in this book. He was such a hot, nice guy who genuinely wanted to change and truly loved Lyric! Loved this story!

  5. Kare_bear83 says

    I, like many readers, love the boy/girl-next-door story – probably because it can happen to anyone (unlike being a witch or having superpowers – though I do love my PNR!). Combining that with a previous lost love, and you’ve got me hooked!

    • says

      Hi Kare_bear! I love PNR, too, but you’re right, there’s something about the “it could happen to me.” And who hasn’t had thoughts about the boy next door (or across the street, or down the street)? Thank you for stopping by!

  6. says

    What a great story! I loved hearing how you came up with your twin-brother premise. Like you, I always wanted a twin sister, and have been fascinated with twins in general. I’m so sorry about your dad, though.