I don’t really think about people in my stories as secondary characters. I try to give them all the same amount of thought and depth that I give the hero or heroine. When I am writing it is easier for me if I understand what is making someone tick. I want them to capture the attention of the readers just as much as the main characters for without these people the stories are not the same. I want them to be likable, if something should happen to one of them I want the readers to care.
Clara from Love Overcomes is such a wonderful character that I had to give her some happiness in the book. I have had people ask me for her story, so it is in the works. She filled out the story. Without her it would not have worked. The same goes for Liam and Jake in that story. I adore them all.
Jace from The Second Life of Magnolia Mae nearly outshone Bash. There were times when writing that I had to push Jace aside because I had more fun writing him.
I want my characters to be developed enough that if the story were switched around they could have their own story that people would want to read. Everyone has their own story to tell and I want that to show.
I have read so many books where the secondary characters were so well developed that I nearly danced when finding out that they had their own book. One of my favorite series is Ladies of Larkspur. I picked up one of the books and found that I loved all the people in it. I was so happy to find out that it was a series of stand-alone books. I was able to pick up the other books and read about the characters I had started to care about. That is how I want my secondary characters to be. I want them to make people to want to learn more about them.
Do you have a favorite secondary character?