A Tarnished Character
I'm going to tell you something about myself that may come as a surprise to no one.
Are you ready for it?
I’ve not been even close to perfect in my *clears throat* 40 years on this earth.
I’m sure there are several people that would love to back me up on that. As a matter of fact, there are several people in my life who think the genre I choose to write in demonstrates this lack of perfection. On this particular point I disagree and I salute the haters with my middle finger. That’s for another blog post though.
In our lack of perfection Brad, the main character in A Tarnished Strength, and I are very much alike. So many times the heroes in books come across as these perfect people who don’t have any real problems. I can’t relate to people like that and I’m pretty sure none of us really can.
Now that doesn't take away from the fact that those types of perfect characters are fun to read about on occasion. I love escaping into a book with a hot alpha male or males, plural, because sometimes one is not enough. And if they can kick someone's ass in the process or shift into a werewolf all the better.
Escapism pretty much sums up the Lakehouse Series actually.
The characters in the Pickleville Series are a different matter though, most especially Brad. When he’s first introduced he’s a homophobic drunk who beats up Jaron McAllister with a baseball bat. After book two I figured out he wasn’t so one dimensional as just being the bad guy in the series. He has things he needs to work out for himself. He has two brothers that rely on him and the security he provides. When he loves someone he loves completely, as he does his brothers.
This type of person I can relate too as a human being. He may not be perfect, but he’s not a bad guy. At some point we all have to say, “fuck it” and love ourselves despite our imperfections. Hell, a few of mine I’ve even embraced.
You can find all my books with the buy links above. Just click on either the Pickleville or Lakehouse series pages.