I am still a relative newbie to the magical world of Medical Romances and am already struggling with one thing in particular: letting my secondary characters run off into their own glowy sunset and carrying on with whatever it is life had in store for them.
Perhaps it’s control freakery (Moi? Never. Is your tie crooked? Here, let me just wipe that bit of – oooops) – but when I wrote my first ever to be published book – The Surgeon’s Christmas Wish – I just HAD TO KNOW what happened to everyone who had been smote with bad fortune. So I wrote them. (Cue: books two and three!).
Then I hit book number four – a fresh start. No luggage from idyllic ski resorts, or beaming in the peachy sunwashed glow of a new day for these characters. No hangover issues from a tour in Afghanistan or an avalanche gone horrifically wrong. So I’m writing and I’m writing and – Kapow! Bam! These two characters were so smokin’ hot for each other there was hardly room for a waiter to even get an elbow in on their action (not in a kinky way…just to make sure Madame and Monsieur were entirely sure they didn’t desire some creme brûlée). And I’d even started the book with the intention of writing a secondary character in who would get his own scrumptious love story. No dice. We didn’t need him. Maybe he got a text. A short one. Step aside secondary character – Ali and Aidan are too busy falling in love to pay you any mind!
So that was interesting.
Book number five (just put the icing on that one) – I’m at it again. I can’t bear leaving a couple of the gals behind. They very desperately deserve an HEA. WHAT TO DO?
What do you do? Or is it all mixy uppy like it is for me? As a reader – how hard do you find it to let fate take its own course with the secondary characters…or do you often wish….as I do – there was more? Are you a series reader or a stand alone romance lover? Or…as is often the case…is this a case of putting on my best Disney voice and letting it go…then putting on my best Beatles voice…and letting it be?