Thursday, April 5, 2018

Guest Post: Creating a Character: Cameron Shearer

Hello, readers!
My name is Skye McNeil, and I write romantic suspense and contemporary romance. Shout out to Nadja for allowing me to post a guest blog today. One of the questions I get often as a writer is “Where do you get the ideas for your characters?”. Honestly, I don’t know half the time. Sometimes, they come when I least suspect them such as while dreaming or taking a shower. Believe me, it’s difficult to jot down notes during either of those events. I keep a journal on my bedside table to write short characteristics or plot ideas in the middle of the night. It’s everyday life that gives me the best characters. For example, I work at a law firm and I like to write about what I know. Another example? I loosely based my main character, Cameron Shearer, off a neighbor I knew in Ohio. I have no idea where this guy is now or anything about him other than he was a rebellious smartass, so I wanted to create a world where I could explore the possibilities of his life. I have a thing for bad boys and so I made Cameron a mobster trying to reform his ways. Tattoos are also one of my weaknesses and Cameron has a toned body full of them. And what’s a bad boy without a bit of mystery? Cameron’s backstory is constantly evolving in my head. It’s changed numerous times throughout books one and two. I’ve plotted book three, and I’m excited to see where Cameron’s story leads me. I want to create characters (especially men) who you fall in love with because I sure as hell do. Forming characters is both difficult and delightful. They need normal flaws, but also something to make the reader wish they’d materialize from the pages. My imagination is always at work especially since I get the chance to see drama play out in both civil and criminal courts with my day job. Coming up with characters is one of my favorite parts of writing. Whether it’s researching mobsters or criminal law, Cameron Shearer is a character you don’t want to miss.

About the Author:
Skye McNeil began writing at the age of seventeen and has been lost in a love affair ever since. During the day, she moonlights as a paralegal at a law firm favoring criminal law.

Skye enjoys writing romantic comedies and romantic suspense novels that leave readers wanting more and falling in love over and over. She writes contemporary and historical novels ranging from sweet and sassy to steamy and sultry.

Her constant writing companions are two cats and two dogs. When she’s not writing, Skye enjoys spending time with family, photography, volleyball, traveling, and curling up with a cup of coffee and reading.
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Exonerated with Love, Book 2 of the Mobster Files

Release date: April 14, 2018. 50% off when you preorder now!

Can second chances really exist for a bad boy mobster and the only woman to ever steal his heart?

There’s a hit out on Cameron Shearer’s life, his mafia ties dragging him down the path of darkness once more. After a harrowing meeting, he discovers no one ever stays dead when you’re in the mafia. Determined not to lose the only woman he’s loved, Cameron turns to the Del Rossi mob for one last favor. Unfortunately for him, the ending may not be as happy as he once hoped.

Joci Dorous has it all. She’s happy, engaged, and just started her own law firm with her best friend. Everything appears perfect, until she discovers a suspicious trail of money in her business accounts and her once dutiful fiancĂ© suddenly turns as shady as his mob boss. When strangers clash amid mobs, Joci is left to decipher who her heart truly belongs to. 

Want to see where it all began? Catch up wit Appointed By Fate before the sequel comes out.
One of Iowa’s most prominent criminal attorneys, Joci Dorous is ruthless and devoid of emotion in the courtroom. It’s what makes her the best. Her most recent client allegedly committed murder and, despite a rocky start, Joci is determined to win Cameron Shearer’s case.

Since this is her first homicide, she has the support of a second-chair attorney—her ex who wants her back. To make things more complicated, her hunky cop of a booty call, Cameron’s arresting officer, isn’t quite ready to let her go either. Who knew being surrounded by three hot guys could be so deliciously exhausting?

As the mystery of the case unravels, she soon discovers the true reason behind Cameron’s impromptu visit to Iowa. It’s this knowledge that endangers all those she holds dear. Caught up in confusion, chaos, and criminal law, how will her heart survive the final verdict?

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