Who spotted the cameo appearance in my new release?
Then came Shawn’s Law and people started asking me “When is the next book coming out in this series?” or “When do we get Such-and-such’s story?”
I was surprised, because none of the secondary characters in my books were ever meant to have stories of their own. None of my books were meant to be series. It was only when the readers began asking (and not just once or twice) about secondary characters that I thought to pick up my pen and write about them.
All of my subsequent novels have been because readers asked for them – You Are the Reason, Safe in His Heart, Don’t Twunk With My Heart and The Straight Boyfriend. All written because of reader request.
When writing Shawn’s Law I was writing a scene where Shawn’s in the hospital (again) and Harley runs into trouble with a male nurse. I’d just finished writing a story with a secondary character who was (in my mind although not on the page) a male nurse. So I just slipped in the physical description of Paul. In Shawn’s Law Harley calls him “Steroidal Man” because he’s so pumped. But it’s definitely Paul who appears as Lon’s best friend in Safe #1 and then gets his own HEA in Safe #2. It was fun to slip him in there.
So I wrote a few more “cameo characters” in when writing Don’t Twunk With My Heart. Obviously, being the second book in the series you see a lot of people from the first book, but I also wrote in two other characters from other series. Did you spot them?
Paul pops up again as a nurse that helps Kee out after his assault. And did anyone notice that Kee and Davo work for the same company? Kee refers to Davo – not by name, but that there’s other LGBT guys that work for the company, even a salesman up in the office.
That brings me to my new release: The Straight Boyfriend.
So, which of my eagle-eyed readers picked up on another character in The Straight Boyfriend?
Hint: He’s mentioned in the epilogue and sells an apple tree to Aaron and Vinnie.