Guest Post - Character Inspiration by Tina Martin
Accidental Deception – Character Inspiration
I love creating characters when I write. And my process is quite simple. My male character, the hero, has to be very strong with striking good looks. Who doesn’t like a knight in shining armor? My inspiration for character, Carter Williams came from several factors. For one, in my head, I envisioned that he would look like one of my favorite actors, Daniel Sunjata. His skin tone, his eyes, his persona is just what I had in mind for Carter Williams. Second, I used to work in Uptown Charlotte. I’ve seen firsthand how business professionals hurry to their buildings. Life is so fast paced and it seems that we forget about the little things, about fellow humans, even if they’ve fallen on hard times. Carter represents these professionals in my novel. Thirdly, I wanted Carter’s attitude to be very straightforward with a touch of arrogance. He’s confident and successful and he knows it. Still, through his own personal tragedies, he can relate to a homeless woman, character Shayla Kline, that he finds on the sidewalk.
About the Novel:
Accidental Deception is a story about love versus loyalty, the tug-of-war that dictates every action Carter Williams will take after he stumbles upon a homeless woman, Shayla Kline, in Uptown Charlotte. Completely out of character for the usually self-centered bachelor, he puts his life on hold to spend a few nights with the stranger in the hospital.
That’s when he makes an earth shattering discovery – Shayla was the fiancée of Jacob, his estranged brother. His brother who hated him. His brother who recently committed suicide. His brother who, despite the animosity between them, wrote him a suicide note asking him to take care of Shayla.
Out of guilt and fulfillment of his brother’s final wish, Carter takes Shayla into his home, with every intention on helping her get back on her feet. But he makes an already complicated situation even messier when he begins to fall in love with her, desperately wanting to be a man for her, to give her everything his brother could not.
His morals tell him to be loyal to his brother, but his heart urges him to love his brother’s woman. The two opposite forces battle it out within him, creating an internal showdown that even he can’t referee. He knows what he should do, but it’s hard to walk away from the only woman that has ever been this close to his heart.
About the author:
Tina Martin is a fiction author from eastern North Carolina. A recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Poetry Award from the Famous Poets Society, she now uses her creativity to pen novels which include Secrets On Lake Drive, Another Man's Treasure, The Baby Daddy Interviews and Accidental Deception. She is also the author of two short stories - Vacation Interrupted and The Crush and one poetry book, Love Like Yours. Tina resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her family. Read more about Tina and read excerpts of her novels at her website: www.tinamartin.net.