Talking about character development this week!
One of the good things about writing "an urban fantasy series with elements of paranormal romance" is that, unlike a traditional romance, the "happily ever after" doesn't have to appear at the end. There's time to allow characters' relationships to develop across different books. They sizzle along under the surface.
When there's a love triangle involved (or a pentagram, as my poor character DJ is learning), it gets even more complicated.
What's funny is how my beta readers over the course of the two books have taken sides. My heroine DJ, a wizard, is partners with one cousin, Alex (whom I talked about in yesterday's blog) and Jacob. The undead pirate Jean Lafitte is always hovering around in the background, being a sexy blackguard. And then a determined elf named Rand shows up in the second book.
Who does DJ end up with? Two Betas and my editor are in the Alex camp (strong macho guy with the soft underbelly he tries to hide); another Beta and my agent appear to be in the Jacob camp (strong, dependable sexy dude who's overcome a lot of hardship--the kind you want to fix); yet a third beta reader has said that DJ cannot choose Quince (sexy elf with scary mental magic and a political agenda)--that, in fact, Quince must die. Everyone loves Jean Lafitte for a fling, but can't see him having any staying power despite the fact that he's immortal.
I've been taking all this in with much enjoyment. For one thing, it means my characters have some aspect to them that has inspired loyalty, that they have come to life. For another, it means that I have managed not to telegraph which of the guys will win DJ's heart.
Do I know myself? Stay tuned :-)