Tuesday, December 15, 2015

X Is For…Exes

Jennifer talks about her characters’ exes…

I’m happily married with two kids. But the characters I create have very different situations than I do. And their ex-girlfriends, ex-husbands and ex-wives, do a number on my heroes and heroines.

In A Heart of Little Faith, Gideon, the hero, has been hurt by an ex-girlfriend who has convinced him that as a result of his accident, he’s not worth it. While his accident has left him in a wheelchair, it’s the psychological damage she caused that creates most of his problems and influences how he behaves with the story’s heroine, Lily.

The heroine of Skin Deep, Valerie, escaped an abusive marriage. Her husband actually died before the story began, but his abuse causes her to distrust men, especially when they drink.

Nathaniel is the hero of The Seduction of Esther. His ex-wife had a very public affair with the president of his former synagogue. As a result of her public indiscretion, he is gun-shy when it comes to any kind of public attention. Thus, he fights his attraction to the choir director of his new synagogue.



10 comments:

  1. Thanks for the insight into your books, Jennifer. You certainly give your characters very in-depth problems. I think anyone reading this will want to buy your books to find out exactly how they are overcome.

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  2. Ex lovers are the best. My WIP hero deals with the deep emotional scars inflicted by his ex-fiancee. He recognizes they're there, but under estimates the power they still have over him.

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    1. Yes, Ana, they provide lots to work with!

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  3. I think most people have a fear of 'history repeating itself' if they have been hurt in the past. Some find it harder to let it go than others do.

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  4. Yep. Those exes certainly add to the baggage our main characters are carrying.

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    1. As long as those bags are filled with stuff I can use! :)

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  5. The 'ex' in my WIP is certainly an interesting character to work with. He can be really nasty...it's good fun.

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    1. I love complex characters, Carol. Thanks for stopping by!

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