Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Infatuation and Love

By Robin 'Red Hot' Kaye

I recently read a blog about falling in love and the altered state of consciousness that is brought about by infatuation. Something I tend to suffer from with every one of my heroes. And as all great blogs do, it got me thinking. Always dangerous, I know.

The one question I’m usually asked by readers and interviewers alike is which of my heroes is my favorite? The answer I always want to give is the next one. I have a nasty habit of falling in love with my next hero—the one hero I’m not supposed to be writing about. I’ll be writing one book, and a secondary character will invariably appear and steal my heart. I’m fickle that way when it comes to fictional men. I’m just lucky that hasn’t been my problem in real life. I’ve been happily married to the same man for almost twenty-two years.

When I wrote Yours For the Taking, which was released in January, I met a bevy of new characters—several of which were my hero, Ben Walsh’s cousins: Trapper, Fisher, Hunter, and Karma Kincaid.

As I am wont to do, I fell head over heels in love with Trapper Kincaid. The man just knocked my socks off. He was new and exciting—probably because I hadn’t known him through two books like I had Ben. There was still so much to learn about Trapper. As his character appeared on my computer screen, I became more and more infatuated. By that time, poor Ben was like a tried and true beau. I already knew all there was to know about him, and although I loved him, the bloom was off the rose. But Trapper was, and still is, a mystery to me in so many ways. I couldn’t wait to finish writing Yours For the Taking so I could write about Trapper.

As always, real life intervened. In order to sell my new Domestic Gods Gone Wild series, I had to write a proposal. I’m a real seat-of-the-pants writer, so for me, writing a proposal is difficult at best because it involves nasty things like synopses. This proposal proved to be almost impossible.

For the life of me, I couldn’t come up with a heroine for Trapper. I racked my brain to find a woman deserving of the incredible man that Trapper had become. She would have to be smart, funny, and someone who could make Trapper want to commit for more than his usual seventy-two-hour fling. You see, Trapper finds it difficult to stay committed and well, nice, for more than seventy-two-hours at a stretch. I doubted my ability to create such a woman, or maybe it was the jealousy factor—I still want Trapper all to myself and, as wonderful as I am, I don’t think many readers would buy a younger, more slender version of me as a heroine.

But like most problems, there was a solution. I just couldn’t write Trapper’s book next. I get to keep him all to myself for as long as it takes to write one of his siblings books. Lucky for me, the perfect heroine for Trapper’s brother, Hunter popped into my head along with a plot for Wild Thing that demanded the book be written at a time when all Hunter’s siblings were single. Together, Toni Russo and Hunter Kincaid were explosive and I can’t think of a time I’ve had more fun playing with my characters. They are both a real departure from my normal heroine and hero. Hunter is the strong silent type, and Toni, while she’s feisty and independent; in the book, she’s completely out of her element and overcoming a life-long fear.

Now I’ve just finished writing Call Me Wild, Fisher Kincaid’s book and I’ve finally found the right woman for Trapper. Yay. I’m just hoping I have Trapper out of my system enough to give him up. But believe me, she’s going to be a handful. I figure any woman who can handle a man like Trapper has got to be pretty spectacular. And I think Bianca Ferrari is the perfect heroine for him. Someday, I’ll look back and think of Trapper as a tried and true beau, but until then, I’ll happily dip my toes into the raging river of my infatuation with him. Sigh, ain’t love grand?

So, tell me what fictional characters have you fallen desperately love with? Oh, and how long did it take for you to get over that little problem…just curious.


krisgils33 said...

Oh, I'm so excited for Hunter, Fisher, and Trapper (please let him go just long enough for me to read his story....I'll give him back!!)

I read alot, so it isn't often that a character stays with me for that long. I quickly drop them for the next uber-hottie fictional dude!

But, there have been 2 recently that I'm still thinking about...Brady from Animal Magnetism and Seth from Sweet Justice. Very different, yet amazing, guys. Oh, and let's not forget Nick Romeo. He stayed with me for a very, very long time.

Terri Osburn said...

Thank goodness my characters have been more than happy to bring their intended SO to my brain for formal introductions. Even if they aren't always patient with my slow progress and their long wait to get on the page.

I love the way you talk about your writing. The joy and fun comes through in every word. You remind me this is supposed to be fun!

I'm still a little in love with Hardy Cates from Lisa Kleypas' BLUE EYED DEVIL (and SUGAR DADDY.) And any Eloisa James fan has to admit to an undying love for Mayne. *sigh*

Christie Craig said...

Can't wait!


Margaret said...

I'm so excited for this new series I may plotz!

I fall in love with so many fictional men, and I never really give them up.

I'm a tad obsessed with Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series. I'm still suffering an acute case of lust for Ford Walker from Jill Shalvis' The Sweetest Thing. Although I have a deep and abiding affection for Nick Romeo, Rich Ronaldi & Ben Walsh, Dr. Mike Flynn is the Domestic God who really trips my trigger.

Best of luck with the new series!

Anonymous said...

Oh I'm still in love with Darcy...probably doesn't hurt that Colin Firth gives me a pretty picture for this character! :-)