Oh My Shelves welcomes author Wade Kelly to the blog to chat about her new book, Bankers Hours – releasing from Dreamspinner Press, Friday, March 25, 2016 – and about character creation. Wade also has a generous giveaway on all blog tour spots! Make sure to check out the info after the jump!
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Creating a Character, part 1.
I find my characters in people I know, meet, or randomly see somewhere.
I hope you all stopped by my character interview on the 18th over at MM Good Book Reviews because it was about Grant Adams, my main character. What I may not have mentioned before is that Grant was based off a guy I saw in my bank. The “random” bank guy! He was so freaking cute, an entire novel popped into my head based on a handful of sightings. I have to call them sightings because I really only talked to him twice. He was nice, and polite, but I really know nothing about him except his first name. I took what I saw and described a character.
He wore a pink shirt a couple times I was in the bank, so Grant had to wear pink! (I discussed the colors on the cover over at my first blog stop at Prism Alliance.) The bank guy also had dark blond hair, blue eyes, and a really sweet smile. Since he seemed rather straight-laced, so in my imagination I felt the need to hook Grant up with a muscular, motorcycle driving, auto mechanic. And boom! my book blossomed in my mind solely based on a cute guy in the bank.
This also happened with a character in my very first short story, which is now out of print and soon to be rewritten into a full-length novel. The main character in that one, David Gilden, was born from standing in line to get on the Mega Bus in New York and the man in front of me inspired a story. He was a cute med-student and I just could not stop thinking about him in New York falling in love with a mysterious stranger who turned out to be a vampire. HAHA.
And lastly, I will say that Rob McAvoy, from my JOCK Series, was inspired by a guy I know. His looks, his mannerisms, his musical ability, all became a part of the guy created to be Ellis Montgomery’s best friend. In fact, I just signed a contract for JOCK 3, and Rob plays a much bigger role in that book. I hope you all will be excited to read it later on this year.
Again, this is Wade Kelly stopping by Oh My Shelves to talk about my up coming novel, Bakers’ Hours.
Before I go, here is a short excerpt. Context: It’s at the bank and Grant assumes Tristan is straight.
By Friday, Tristan must have waited long enough. After handing me his stack of disorganized bills and checks, he asked again about the beer. “I waited for that text. Either you don’t want to have a beer with me, or you lost my number. Either way is fine, but you could have said you weren’t interested. I’ll still talk to you, even if you don’t want to hang out.”
How should I word my answer? It wasn’t as if I didn’t like him. It was the thought of spending time with him outside the bank that made me nervous. I had difficulty controlling my anatomy. What if, while we were chatting, I popped one? His voice did wash over me in the way a hot cup of tea does on a snowy January Sunday. It soothed. How could I go out with him for a beer, which I had never drunk, and talk, when I still could not think of him solely as a friend?
“I’m sorry. I do want to have that beer. I was going to text you… but then I didn’t.” It wasn’t a lie. I had punched his numbers in my phone and saved them, I just hadn’t used them.
“Oh. Okay. Well, what are you doing Saturday night?” Tristan asked, tucking his receipts into his wallet.
“I work until noon, then I’m helping my mother hang some shelves on her wall. It’ll probably take all day, and she offered to make me dinner.”
His lips moved but could not quite make that half smile I was used to. He was disappointed, and I felt bad for allowing it to happen. He was trying, but I had not. “I’m free Sunday,” I offered.
There’s that dangerous smile I sooo should not love!
I took out my phone after glancing around for anyone who could fuss at me for texting during work. “Just so there’s no doubt”—I pressed send—“I sent you a text.”
“You saved my number,” he marveled.
“Of course I did.”
I heard his phone chime. He took it out and smiled. “Thanks. I was convinced you threw it away after I gave it to you at the gym, thinking I was a deranged stalker.”
“Nope. I intended to text. But time slipped away, and here we are on Friday.” Time, and the fact I didn’t know how to be friends with a straight guy who turned me on with his smile. I was so screwed.
“I know how it is. I get very busy myself. Well, I guess I’ll see you on Sunday, since you’ll be working while I’m at the gym.” Did he really sound disappointed, or was that me?
Tristan walked away, and another customer walked up to my window before I had a second to run over our conversation in my head. He had seemed different this time. Happier. I waved off the notion and punched in the account numbers. I couldn’t think about Tristan. It was dangerous to think about Tristan. It was wrong to think about Tristan. He was my friend. I could handle one beer without crying myself to sleep over the irony of finding the perfect guy only for him to be straight. No, I would amend that. All the perfect-looking guys I’d ever met had happened to be straight. The only ones who’d been interested in me were the imperfect ones with more flaws than I had.
Just once, I’d like to find a perfect gay man!
Join me at the next stop for more. I’m trying to keep the excerpts short and not have too many spoilers.
Even though bankers’ hours leave long weekends for romance, cosmic intervention is Grant’s only option when money doesn’t buy happiness and he’s got virginity in spades.
Grant Adams is a twenty-six-year-old bank teller who’s unlucky at love, yet hopelessly hopeful. After years of horrific first dates, he’s convinced he’s saving himself for true love. Surely he has bad taste in men because it couldn’t possibly be his persnickety nature that’s sent them packing.
Tristan Carr has been in a holding pattern since his daughter was born fifteen years ago, which suits his workaholic lifestyle just fine. This ex-Navy turned auto mechanic never wanted anyone interfering with being a weekend dad. For Tristan to rearrange his perfectly orchestrated life, a guy will need to be special. Or in the case of the newest employee at his bank, the guy will need to be adorable, shy, and open to the prospect of forever when it shows up at his window.
Tour Stops & Dates:
February 24 – Prism Book Alliance
March 18 – MM Good Book Reviews
March 22 – Long and Short Reviews
March 23 – My Fiction Nook
March 24 – Oh My Shelves
March 25 – Divine Magazine
March 25 – Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
March 28 – Love Bytes
March 29 – Gay Book Reviews
March 30 – The Novel Approach
For official LINKS to all the stops, hop over to WADE KELLY’S BLOG.
And the prizes:
I have several giveaways. Leave a comment on this blog for a chance to win an Amazon gift certificate. I am going to take ALL the names, from all the comments, from all the blog stops, and put them in a drawing. I have 10 stops including this one. The more comments you make then higher your chances of winning. I will have 3 winners of a $10 Amazon gift certificate to be announced when the tour ends! Additionally, for those who comment on ALL 10 STOPS, I will enter each of them into a grand prize drawing good for:
- An eBook from my backlist of your choice, OR the next book I publish this year. (*Excluding Bankers’ Hours)
- A $10 Amazon gift certificate,
- A Wade Kelly Spoon in the colors of your choice,
- One autographed paperback copy of the novel of their choice, OR the next book I publish this year. (*Excluding Bankers’ Hours)
- A special Promo Code for you to download a copy of the audiobook: Misplaced Affection
Note: I am willing to mail things to other countries so don’t let that stop you! Please, post on ALL the posts. I had fun with this last time. J