"How have you managed to write 6 books about the same character?"
That question was posed to me the other day by a fellow writer. This friend is a prolific writer, having written far more than I have but his "series" of books usually run about 3 in each series then he's moving on to something else. He cannot understand how I've managed to churn out 6 books (and working on 7) about the same character.
It's easy, really. I love John Logan and the gang. I like spending time in Coral Bay, watching the sun glisten off the bay from the fore deck of Logan's houseboat. I enjoy being at the dojo and watching Logan work out. And who could not love hanging out with the beautiful Teri in a bikini watching her field strip a pistol with the expertise of a Navy Seal? I like Mason Killian with his Armani jackets and nice cars and the ever present Desert Eagle .44. I would say I love him, too, but that usually gets me a glare from behind those sunglasses.
Which brings up another point: someone said to me, you talk as if those characters are real!
Well, of course they're real. To me. How could they not be? How can anyone write about a character who isn't? If you want your writing to be richer and realistic, especially if you're going for a series, you'd better know your characters. I know Logan's birthday (although it's never mentioned in the stories, at least so far), I know so much about his childhood growing up in Japan, I know lots about Killian and Teri. I always knew Jake Ross had a dad who was a retired detective who had dementia. I never brought it out until later in the series.
Look, gang, the point here is that while it's nice having a character surprise you from time to time, it's also imperative that you have a good background for that character and that you know his/her impulses, strengths, weaknesses, phobias, etc. It makes it easier to predict how to have them act and react to certain situations. Logan can be a tough, ruthless killer, but he is also a tender, soft cream puff when he wants to be. Teri is a mask of insecurity who has spent her whole life working in fields dominated by men. Killian is--okay, I'm getting glared at so I'll shut up.
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Peace and love to you.