ON A SUPPORTING CHARACTER IN PRIVATEER—
If you’ve been keeping up, you may be wondering about the hunk-and-a-half who was introduced to the story a few days ago. Wanna know a secret? So am I.
I knew that Derek Aubrey had to come into the picture at some point. What I didn’t know was how I was going to make the guy into the total *melt*-fest that I considered him to be. He needed a nonchalant manner. He needed a crooked smile. He needed a hero complex. He needed chest hair.
When I began to introduce Derek, I seriously took my time. I may yet go back and touch it up, but I literally took an entire day to choose the first words for his adorable mouth to utter. I don’t think I’ve ever written a character like this before—one whom I could so clearly see in my head that I had to be this precise with diction, so that my readers would see him exactly as I do. It’s pretty much terrifying, especially when even you as the author don’t know exactly how he’ll develop later on.
Okay, but can we linger on the name for a few moments? Derek Aubrey. Derek… Aubrey. Aubrey, Derek Aubrey. Thank you, gods of BabyNames.com. Is it just me, or does it really roll off the tongue? I kind of think it sounds like a name from a romance novel, or maybe a pen name, or someone who might appear in a Hollywood adaptation of Shakespeare.
Sorry, sorry. I’m done now.
Derek’s only been in the story for a few pages now, but somehow, his presence alone has dulled Charmaine’s sharp tongue and (I think) eased her intense personality. He has that effect on people. He has that effect on ME.
You know you need a life when you develop a crush on a character that you’re writing. *facepalm*
But, considering that I based his looks off of actor/heartthrob Ben Barnes, if you really think about it… it’s, uh… actually not that weird at all. Right? Don’t answer that.
P.S. – As of today, I’m at 27,451 words. It’s kind of a miracle.