Who Said Characters Aren’t Real?
by Lynda Aicher, author of Shattered Bonds (Carina Press)
What? Those people in romance books aren’t real? No way. I don’t believe it. How can I possibly root for, cry over and sigh with imaginary people? I don’t know about you, but when I read, those characters are very real to me. They are my best friends, boyfriend, sisters, brothers, husband, nemesis, parents, boss and lover. They spark my imagination and allow me to experience places, events and emotions I might otherwise never know.
For that moment in time—and sometimes long after—those characters are living, breathing entities.
As a creator of some of these characters, I know for a fact they are very real—in my head. They blossom and grow until they’re steeped in history and personalities as individual as they are. Unique and inspiring, they burst onto the page to define their story, often surprising me with their actions. They challenge me to dig deeper until I’ve exposed their secrets, healed their pain and revealed their happy ever after.
When I was plotting Shattered Bonds, the seventh and final book in the Wicked Play series, a fellow author suggested killing one of the previous characters. The thought almost ripped my heart out. I seriously started to cry just thinking about it. Of breaking that couple up, of the pain and hurt it would cause, of the happy ending I would destroy. I flat out refused. No way could I do that to my people.
As it was, I cried while I wrote the epilogue for Shattered Bonds. That was my goodbye to the people I’ve loved and bonded with for two years. They are my extended family and I couldn’t let them go without a proper sendoff, one they’d all earned.
I suppose that sounds crazy to a non-reader. But for those of us who devour books like mental chocolate, it makes sweet sense. I don’t care what anyone says, those characters come to life in our minds to create worlds that let us escape and dream. And that is real and good.
Please tell me I’m not the only one with this crazy belief. When you read, are the characters real to you too?
When the lives and friendships of The Den owners are thrown into chaos, Noah Bakker steps in to deal with the fallout. He hasn’t had a sub or participated in a Scene since tragedy changed his life four years ago. But as an investor in the exclusive BDSM club, he can’t walk away from the lifestyle completely. As he works to keep the club running, he finds himself drawn to Liv Delcour, the seemingly naïve sister of one of the other owners.
Liv didn’t know about the naughty things her friends were up to behind closed doors, but when their secrets become headline news, she’s more curious than shocked. As she works with Noah to keep the media at bay, she finds that his dominant strength is more than a little arousing. Soon they’re exploring their mutual desires in the most wicked ways.
Liv isn’t sure if she can completely submit to Noah the way she thinks he wants her to—and Noah isn’t sure he can withstand the pain of falling in love…
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About Lynda Aicher
After years of weekly travel as a consultant implementing computer software into global companies, Lynda ended her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now, her imagination is her only limitation on where she can go and her writing lets her escape from the daily duties of being a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, cleaner and mediator.