Monday greetings, my fellow book lovers. Have you ever given any thought as to why some fictional characters are memorable and much loved? Think about it. People are still reading Jane Austen and falling in love with Mr. Darcy. I don’t even know where to begin when it comes to the fandom of the Harry Potter world! Some characters are much more than the personas presented on the page, they come to life in the minds of the readers and live on for quite some time. I’m pleased to welcome back to the blog, Colleen Coble, author of the recently released Edge of Dusk. Ms. Coble will be sharing with us her thoughts on the tangibility of fictional characters from an author’s perspective. Thank you, Ms. Coble, for returning to visit with us. I look forward to learning more about your view on this matter.
Characters Are Real—At Least to Authors
by Colleen Coble
Okay, I admit it. My characters are real. No really. They have to be real, or they wouldn’t take over the story the way they do. I can be typing along with a destination for my character in mind. The next thing I know she’s off doing something I had NO IDEA would happen. Before I was a writer, I heard authors say crazy stuff like that and thought it was a publicity ploy. Um, no. It’s real. Characters have minds of their own, and I often can’t fathom them.
The very best characters live on it in the minds of readers. My long-time readers’ favorite character is Bree from the Rock Harbor series. She eats pistachios and has a search-and-rescue dog. She is crazy about Elvis’s music. She lives in a restored lighthouse on Superior’s south shore. I had so many requests for more books about more Rock Harbor novels that I decided to craft a brand-new series set in the U.P. The first in the Annie Pederson series is Edge of Dusk.
The main character is Annie Pederson, a law enforcement ranger in a national forest up there. And I really like her, but that didn’t keep me from putting her in terrible difficulties, but I did feel a twinge of regret. And really, part of the trouble is her own fault. She veered off into new directions and I had no choice but to follow. She can’t blame me for the mess she’s made of everything. I told her I was washing my hands of it all.
Now you see why authors are thought to be a little demented. We talk to people in our heads. Mostly because we’re alone all day with a computer and it’s either talk to our characters or to ourselves. And since Covid, we need them even more than we ever did. I hope that makes for an even deeper, more meaningful dive into character than usual, but I’m relying on you to tell me whether I achieved it or not!
Do you have a favorite character you think about all the time?
Edge of Dusk
by Colleen Coble
July 11 – August 5, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
Even though secrets lie off the coast of Rock Harbor, the truth will set Annie Pederson free—if it doesn’t kill her first.
Nine-year-old Annie Pederson’s life changed the night her sister was kidnapped. The two had been outside playing on a dock, and Annie never forgave herself for her role in her sister’s disappearance. Twenty-four years later and now a law enforcement ranger, Annie is still searching for answers as she grieves a new loss: the death of her husband and parents in a boating accident.
But Annie and her eight-year-old daughter, Kylie, aren’t the only people in the town of Rock Harbor whose lives have been marred by tragedy. While managing the property around the Tremolo Resort and Marina she inherited, Annie discovers a dead body floating in the cold Superior surf and begins to work with the sheriff’s office to tie the death to a series of other mysterious reports in the area.
At the same time, her first love, Jon Dustan, returns after nine years away, reigniting the town’s memory of a cold case he’d been suspiciously linked to before he left to pursue his orthopedic residency. For the sake of her investigation and her heart, Annie tries to stay away. But avoiding Jon becomes impossible once Annie realizes she is being targeted by someone desperate to keep secrets from the past hidden.
In this new series, bestselling romantic-suspense author Colleen Coble returns to one of her most beloved towns, where familiar faces—and unsolved cases—await.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: July 12th 2022
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN: 078525370X (ISBN13: 9780785253709)
Series: Annie Pederson #1
Book Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Christianbook.com | Goodreads
Colleen Coble is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series.
Connect with Colleen online at:
Instagram – @ColleenCoble
Twitter – @ColleenCoble
Facebook – @ColleenCobleBooks
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