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Vol. 2 Issue 3
May/June 2019

Adding Secondary Characters To My Story

I am an author who includes secondary characters in every story.

I often give them key roles and their own points of view, a responsibility some editors disagree with. The spotlight should remain on the hero and heroine, they say.

But our everyday lives are full of secondary characters whom we interact with, rely on and even schedule our activities around. Secondary characters help shape a story and enrich the stars of the book.

We recently added a secondary character to the family and next month, we will be adding one more.

Our first plot twist is named Warren, a four-legged rescue who survived Hurricane Michael,  distemper, and abandonment. Yet he abounds with energy and loyalty.

 
Hubby and I talked about adopting another dog "someday," but hadn't planned on spotting this wide-eyed German Shepherd-mix online one Saturday morning. We decided to visit the shelter "just to look at him," and spent more than two-hundred dollars on our first excursion to PetSmart to adequately provide for
the new character in our story. Food, toys, a new bed, a bright yellow collar, and leash — you name it, it was in our cart.

Like every good secondary character who adds an element of the unknown to the book and changes the main characters' lives, Warren has us taking more walks, watching the clock when we're away, and grinning like hyenas when we come home to his enthusiastic greetings.


We'll be smiling just as broadly next month when another secondary character — a new daughter-in-law  joins the family.

By definition, a secondary character interacts with the protagonists to help them develop and add dimension to a story.

Alina has been a part of our storyline for more than a year now but somehow, watching her exchange vows with our son and knowing she'll change her name to Koontz propels her into a larger supporting role. And like Warren, she'll add interest to our pages.

 
I'm happy to say Warren and Alina do both!
Since I Mentioned Dogs...
In real life, Harry was a rescued Australian Shepherd-mix who came into our lives at 10 weeks old.

He's a rescued puppy in Thief Of The Heart too.

In his supporting role as a secondary character, he adds a new twist to the plot and shines a light into Jennifer Roberts' life.

Here's what Thief Of The Heart is about:
From the moment Sergeant Max Domer saw Jennifer Roberts, his instinct was to protect her. But she wanted nothing to do with him.

In fact, the last thing Jennifer wanted to do that Saturday afternoon was call the police. She didn’t trust them. She’d fallen hard for a cop—the exact person every child is told to run to for safety—and he betrayed her and broke her heart. She wouldn’t make that mistake again.


But she has no choice when she discovers her apartment has been broken into and five simple words turn her world upside down: “You called for the police?”

Blond-haired, blue-eyed Max Domer arrives ready to protect and serve. It is his motto. It will be her downfall.

Max is ready to leave Center City behind, cut all ties and make a fresh
start as a detective on the West Coast.

There is nothing unusual about the burglary call he catches, except that the woman is stunning and, for some reason, antagonistic toward police.

She’s caught in someone’s crosshairs—her car is stolen, her father dies, and murder comes to her doorstep—and, like it or not, she needs his help.
 
But while Max is on the trail of a master crime ring, the real thief sets about stealing his heart. And Jennifer, who innocently lets her guard down, learns she can’t judge a man by his uniform.

They are polar opposites destined to stand together and fight for their future.
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