All authors and writers know what I am talking about when I say, ” Characters develop a mind of their own.” I guess while you’re sleeping they’re out roaming around doing stuff which they tell you about the next day when you sat down to continue the book. LOL!
When I started the book “UnHoly Pursuit: The Devil On My Trail,” I intended to be one book of about 400-600 pages. I definitely didn’t foresee a series let alone a saga. It’s like after I started to develop Ana BuFaye’s personality she sort of took on a life of her own. Her adventures, drama together with Ashton and apart from him pulled in more and more characters. Actually, she was a hardest character to develop. I think the protagonist and the antagonist (s) are always the hardest to develop in any novel.
I wanted her to a kind person with a heart of gold but not society’s idea of a kind person. I wanted her to have a backbone. I deliberately steered away from the traditional idea of a woman in love.
I wanted her to behave more like a flesh and blood grown woman would behave. I didn’t want her to be too soft because after all she’s in love with Azazel and I felt it would take a strong woman to handle that much ego. LOL! He was once a heavenly prince, a member of the heavenly army, a king and progenitor of his own world, an ancient god, a Watcher and many other things. So yes, he has plenty of attitude, And he’s capable of being mean, crabby, and down right cruel. In many ways he’s very narcissistic. I wanted her to be strong enough to stand up to him and tell him she will not tolerate his insidious behavior and if he wanted to be with her then he better behave better. Not that he shows the ‘Azazel’ side which everyone else sees to her but it’s there. He shows it when she isn’t around.
I wanted her to be an assertive woman who stood up for herself and wasn’t too soft to throw a punch if need.
The other characters grew also, so that’s where the series come from. And this doesn’t include building a futuristic world that people could relate to.