Today, I am so happy and excited to welcome an Author that just stunned me with her début novel “How to Marry a Duke” and on June 28th her second novel “How to Seduce a Scoundrel” will be out and I can tell you Hawk will melt your hearts!
To find out more about her hero and how he sneaked into her dreams, read on.
Scene Stealing Characters by Vicky Dreiling
Some characters just leap onto the page and try to steal the show. The minute Hawk showed up as a secondary character in HOW TO MARRY A DUKE I knew that he would be the hero of a follow-up story. Hawk’s antics were legendary. He always had a witty come-back and some rather ridiculous advice for his friend Tristan (the hero of HOW TO MARRY A DUKE). If there was an opportunity to crack a joke, Hawk managed to plant himself center stage.
So basically, Hawk charmed me into letting him be the hero of HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL. I’m fairly certain he thought he could be the star and avoid the parson’s mousetrap. He probably had a wager or two at White’s Club that he could outwit me. After all, he is mortally afraid of catching ‘wife-itis.’ However, as his creator, I get to call all the shots.
The truth is characters sometimes reveal things that completely and totally flummox authors. And that was especially true in the case of Hawk. I won’t reveal the details here, because that would be a spoiler. However, I will confess that I discovered Hawk had a startling secret. How did I find this out?
Let me back up a bit. In the early planning stages of ‘Scoundrel,’ I knew that the book would involve the high concept premise The Rules in Regency England. I also knew that Hawk’s role in the book would be to act as Julianne’s unofficial guardian. I had a good grasp of Julianne’s conflict, given her family’s history. Hawk, however, remained an enigma to me. I’d created this completely charming, witty, and handsome man, but I had absolutely no idea what made him tick. He seemed like a well-adjusted guy, if you could overlook the numerous mistresses. But I knew that wasn’t going to work. I had to give him some imperfections (beyond being a lady’s man).
I confess I walked around the house, mumbling to myself for several days as I tried to figure out exactly what to do with Hawk. Much of the time, I visualized scenes for some of the turning points in the plot. And then I would go to bed, visualizing these scenes again. Eventually, I would fall asleep, thinking about the characters. I rarely remember my dreams, but I think I must have dreamed about Hawk. Why? Because when I awoke the next day, a scene played out DVD-style in my head of a much younger Hawk talking to his father. And in that scene, I learned something that his father said to him.
That’s all I got. Imagine my frustration as once again, I paced around the house, only this time, I was trying to figure out what that scene meant. Again, I went to bed visualizing Hawk and Julianne in a scene. The next morning, I awoke to another DVD-style scene. And this time, I learned that Hawk had a heart-breaking secret, one that tormented him.
I’m happy to report, however, that Hawk does have a chance to right a wrong. Even better, he and Julianne find their happily ever after.
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Thank you Vicky for stopping by and giving us a ‘peek’ into the process of developing one of the best secrets I’ve read in a long while. Behind the scenes look at my favorite stories is something I cherish as much as the stories themselves. I can tell you by reading the excerpt from “How to Ravish a Rake” (coming out in the Spring of 2012) that I’m looking forward to meeting the man, William Darcett, Hawk’s younger brother, who will sweep our shy Amy Hardwick off her feet. You’re welcome to stop by sometime before their story hits the shelves and tell us more about them. ‘Till then, congrats on your success and May your Magic Romance Fairies never leave us!
Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL will be available on June 28th.To find out more about her and her books, click on the images or visit her website at www.vickydreiling.com.
For an Excerpt of the ‘Scoundrel’ go to my ‘Book Excerpts’ page or click here.
Enjoy the trailer for “How to Marry a Duke”!