Today I would like to give a warm welcome to author, Tonya Burrows, joining us with the first book in her sizzling hot romance series about a group of sexy mercenaries, SEAL OF HONOR!
First of all, let me just say thank you for having me visit today!
One of my favorite things about starting a new book is that it gives me the opportunity to create new characters. I have a process that I follow with each new character, and it always surprises me when they start to take on a life of their own.
When I sit down to a new story, I start with a generic six page character profile. I figure out a character’s general personality—in the case of Gabe, the hero of SEAL of Honor, I knew he was going to be a leader, dominant and somewhat overbearing. Using that broad idea, I fill out as much of the profile as I can—stuff like full name, hair and eye color, hometown, financial and family situation. Does this character have pets? Kids? Siblings? What is their favorite thing to do at home alone on a Saturday afternoon? Saturday night? What is their ideal vacation? By the time I work through all that and get to some of the heavier stuff like past traumas, the character begins to talk to me. I start to hear the character’s voice and I learn how he or she would react to any given situation.
I can’t start writing without knowing my characters first. I may have an amazing idea for a plot, but if I can’t find the right characters for that story, it will go unwritten. This was the problem I faced when I first started writing SEAL of Honor because, although I had Gabe and the rest of the guys of HORNET, I could not pin down the heroine Audrey’s character. I knew she was a flighty free-spirit, but that was all I knew about her. What did she do for a living? I had no idea and it stalled me out for weeks.
Then one day it hit me out of the blue.
She’s an artist. Duh.
After I realized it, it seemed so obvious. I don’t know why it took me so long to figure it out, but the book practically wrote itself after I went back through and fixed all of Audrey’s scenes. The chemistry between Audrey and Gabe sizzled off the page. Their banter had me laughing out loud. Audrey’s courage under fire impressed me. She finally took on a life of her own and surprised me often. Some of the things that came out of her mouth… Seriously, I have no idea where it came from. I fell in love with Audrey right alongside Gabe and I hope readers do too!
Sometimes the frustration and struggle of wrangling a stubborn character is part of the fun!
One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of SEAL OF HONOR, swag, and will even have a character in one of Tonya’s future releases named after them! To participate in the giveaway, just embed the Rafflectopter code below into your blog post. Giveaway ends 6/30.
*This giveaway is sponsored and administered by the author and/or blog tour company. Please see our official giveaway rules.
Official Tour Stops
June 4 - Cocktails and Books
June 5 - My Book Addiction and More
June 6 - Book Sniffers Anonymous
June 7 - Reading Between the Wines
June 10 - Fic Talk
June 11 - Waves of Fiction
June 12 - Herding Cats & Burning Soup
June 14 - Reading Reality
June 17 - Urban Girl Reader
June 18 - Simply Ali
June 19 - Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance
June 20 - Love Books! Book Reviews
June 21 - Ex Libris
June 24 - Novel Reflections
June 25 - Feeling Fictional
June 26 - Proserpine Craving Books
June 27 - Crystals Random ThoughtsJune 28 - Ramblings From This Chick