Sunday, January 31, 2016

A True Best Friend

Most of us have had a true best friend, someone who will always be there for you, through thick and thin, the good times and bad.  Someone who knows the punchline to all of your favorite jokes and still laughs as if hearing it for the first time. Someone who may be as different from you as night is to day. But when it counts the most, you know they will always be in your corner, cheering you on.

When I wrote the first Jamie Richmond book "Devious"  I was pleased with the responses I got.  One person told me bluntly, 'if you haven't already started it, you'd better be writing another book. These characters are too good for just one story.'

I really liked Jamie and her interactions with Malone. But when I started thinking about a second book, I realized what was missing. Jamie needed a best friend, another woman who would know her moods, her stubbornness, and all the quirks that make my redhead heroine real.  That's where Linda comes into the picture: her true best friend.

One of the challenges for any writer is to create authentic characters. Capturing the essence of any woman is difficult enough for a guy, but to have two dramatically different characters like Jamie and Linda took a lot of revisions, a lot of shaping to get it right. And to have the friendship so strong that Jamie would put her life on the line for Linda was critical.  Fortunately, it all worked out.

Which brings me to Linda. The second book in the series has been officially released. It's out there on Amazon, B&N and Kobobooks.  This story takes place in the middle of a Michigan winter, which is appropriate timing.  So if you're ready to curl up with a good book and while away the winter, be sure to check it out.

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