Please welcome Choc Lit author Sue Moorcroft as she shares with us the secondary character of her new release, Is This Love?
It's interesting how a secondary character in a book can be pivotal. That's the situation in Is This Love?
Lyddie, the sister of the heroine, Tamara, is one of those. She's open and guileless, loving and funny. She throws her arms around those she loves and presses smacking kisses on their cheeks. She adores animals and the cast of Lord of the Rings. Lyddie needs more care than most adults after a hit-and-run accident when she was a teen.
Lyddie began from my thinking about someone from my own teen years who suffered an accident and wondering where and how he is. We, his friends, got jobs, got married, went to university, moved away. He, Peter Pan-like, didn't get the future that had once been expected.
I began to think about such a scenario from the point of view of the family and their relationships. People don't go into deep freeze when things happen to those they love. They adapt. But their decisions are affected and they often have to compromise.
I gave my heroine, Tamara, a series of decisions. What would she do if her boyfriend Max wanted her to move away from Middledip village, and Lyddie? How would she feel if somebody turned up to tell her who was driving the car that hit Lyddie? How would she and her parents check out another adult who wanted to befriend Lyddie? I realised that even if a sizzling love affair came Tamara's way, she wouldn't do anything to hurt her beloved sister. Of course, the right man wouldn't try and separate Tamara from Lyddie, anyway. He'd know that there are many types and qualities of love. Loving someone means not hurting them and Tamara needs to be near Lyddie to be happy.
So I had to write a special kind of man for Tamara. He's unusual and unreadable and his past is already linked with the sisters - he's Jed Cassius, Lyddie's boyfriend back in their teens. The adult Jed obviously feels compassion for the Lyddie of today.
But he feels all kinds of other things for Tamara ...
Sue Moorcroft writes romantic novels of dauntless heroines and irresistible heroes. Love & Freedom won the Best Romantic Read Award 2011 at the Festival of Romance and Dream a Little Dream was nominated for a RoNA in 2013. She received three nominations at the Festival of Romance 2012, and is a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner. She’s vice chair of the RNA and editor of its two anthologies, published by Harlequin.
Sue also writes short stories, serials, articles, writing ‘how to’ and is a competition judge and creative writing tutor.