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 show 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:
Robin 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.
Purchase Yours at Midnight at Entangled Publishing
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