It may surprise some of you to know that the character I consider my most important to date is not one of my main characters. It’s Sheba Burris from Love’s Redemption. She’s a former alcoholic who works in a mid-grade restaurant. At first glance, she seems low key, but Sheba supports the lead female character through one of the most trying times of her life, offering love and guidance based on her own experiences. I think in real life, we are all supporting characters for someone else’s life story. I only hope I have something of Sheba in me.
Another one of my characters who likes to dole out sage advice is Leora Spencer from Waiting For You. This mother of five grown children has a way of getting the other characters to come to the solution to their problems in a way that makes them think they did it all by themselves. I wish we were all blessed with such a mother.
Sometimes the supporting character is there to offer comic relief. Sadie Harding from Heart’s Desire is such a one. She’s definitely one to tell exactly what’s on her mind, even if it’s slightly inappropriate. Then there’s Aaron Lowery from Irresistibly Yours who likes to tell corny dad jokes. What’s red and bad for your teeth? A brick.
A memorable side character doesn’t always have to be a nice one. When I asked my readers who was my most memorable mother, the response was unanimous—Jamie Foster from Heart’s Desire. Boy is she a piece of work. And just so you don’t accuse me of discriminating against mothers, (Jamie isn’t the only one up for the bad mother award.) I’m pretty sure the worst father award goes to Abraham Sutton from Persuaded.
So, tell me about a side character who had an impact on you? What made them memorable? Leave a comment for a chance to win an eBook copy of Love’s Redemption. Winner will be announced May 31.