Are your characters fundamentally good people when all is said and done? Can they live with themselves at the end of the day? Do you love them? If they were flesh and blood, would you be proud to have them as part of your family?
We believe that the answers to these questions lie in the motivation for the things that YOU make them do!
If you have created a villain, do you identify with the villain and his or her villainy?
Jeremy Santos, for example, was never in trouble with the law growing up. He had parents that loved him and still do. He is smart enough to have graduated from college and law school, but when the time came to launch his career, he went his own way. He rejected the corporate law firms that came to court him, and instead attempted to launch his own business working day and night and just scraping by.
By pure chance or luck he meets the distinguished and fabulously successful Alfonso Allende who sees the potential just waiting to be…exploited? Allende has his own agenda and knows exactly how to handle the young and impressionable Jeremy. Eventually Jeremy is under the Allende spell and joins the organization known as The Outfit.
Jeremy is loyal to a fault. He is the type of person that you would want to have as a friend. Smart and focused, he is quick to find a solution to every type of problem that comes his way. He manages to turn rivals into friends or at least allies. He never comes close to being a villain and every thing he does he does for good reason. At the very most he is the better of two evils.
So, in the end, yes we love him! We’ll make sure that Jeremy Santos never does anything against his nature. We won’t betray him or let him down.
Jeremy Santos is the main character in our books:
Lawless Order: Jeremy Santos and The Outfit
Casa de los Santos: The continuing saga of Jeremy Santos and The Outfit