Tuesday, August 6, 2013

No Secondary Characters? No Problem!

No Secondary Characters? No Problem!
By Natalie-Nicole Bates

It wasn’t until I finished my paranormal novella, SEE ME, that I realized I had no real secondary characters in the story. Sure, there was an occasional passer-by that my hero and/or heroine had words with, but no real friend lending advice or sympathetic ear. No one for the reader to gain added insight from.

So this caused me to ponder the question, Are secondary characters really necessary for every story?

I looked to my hero and heroine and their individual circumstances. Both characters were solitary beings. Prior to the start of SEE ME, hero Daniel Tremont had not left his flat for a decade.

SEE ME occurs over a very short period of time—two days in the hero and heroine’s lives. But those two days will change Carly and Daniel forever.

I soon came to realize that the beauty of no secondary characters is that this sole focus of the story is on Carly and Daniel. Their discovery of one another and their situations. There’s no distraction of phone calls or visitors interrupting their flow.

So the lack of secondary characters has turned into a pleasant discovery for my writing. I hope you will agree. SEE ME is now available from Leap of Faith Publishing or your favourite online book store.


Carly Anders  is hearing voices in her head. Another one of her kind is trying to contact her. She knows of the malevolent freaks—others who are eternal like her and seek out the weak to inflict pain upon. For years, Carly has held up huge protective walls to keep herself and her secrets safe. Now, physically and mentally exhausted, Carly needs protection and rest
She accepts the invitation to visit an internet friend who needs help appraising a collection of antique photographs.  The situation is not ideal, but Carly hopes a male presence in her life will deter the determined suitor who haunts her thoughts and dreams.

Daniel Tremont is not what Carly is expecting.

The former funeral director has a secret of his own. Not only is he eternal like Carly, he is her creation from all those years before—her abomination she thought she killed.

Daniel has been searching for Carly for years. He knows she is the piece of his life that he has been missing for so long. Now that he has found her, he has no intentions of letting her go. 


Her long, straight mane of hair was the color of fallen oak leaves and dusted with gold. Her eyes were a deep espresso brown. An amber briolette hung at her throat. She wore a form fitting purple sweater that hugged her ample curves, and a matching skirt that fell a few inches above her knees. A pair of heels completed the outfit. Her suitcase and handbag sat at her feet.
     Even though he wanted nothing more at that moment than to engulf her petite figure in his embrace, he extended his hand to her. His tongue finally untied and he said the first thing that he could think of at that dizzying, long-awaited moment. “I’m so glad you decided to come.”
     She smiled, and his knees weakened. As soon as their hands joined, a jolt of electricity fired, sending them both into a stumble.
     Shocked, he said nothing and stared at his still outstretched hand. She laughed, a merry sound that filled the hallway and caused his shock to melt away.
     “Wow, that was strange!” she exclaimed.
     “I just had the carpets steamed today.” He rubbed his hands against the denim fabric of his jeans. I suppose they picked up a static charge, I’m so sorry about that,” he said.  
     Was it just static electricity? Did he just shock an innocent girl, or was two of the same kind coming together? He gazed at her perfectly painted purple lips. If just their hands coming together caused this kind of reaction, what would happen if they kissed?

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MistyRios said...

I hadn't really considered that there were no secondary characters until you mentioned it. I guess that's true, although I kind of considered Xander and Jamie as secondary characters...even though they had no physical roles, they were mentioned often enough.

Chaotic Karma said...

I loved the story and I think it made sense that there were no secondary characters.

~Veronica Vasquez~

Ashtrie Karana Putrie said...

Sometimes it's what we are, a solitary being forced to do socializing with the world. It would feel awkward, isn't it?