Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Charlie Cochet’s Men & Mischief Monthly Author Column ::: Characters and their Backstories ~ Dexter J. Daley ::: Giveaway

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Hello all! Thank you so much for joining me for another Men & Mischief post here at Sinfully. It’s no secret that I love creating characters. There’s just something incredible about giving them life, giving them hopes, aspirations, dreams, fears, regrets, memories, and everything that makes up a flawed personality, because as humans, we are all flawed in some way. For me, a big part of creating character is backstory. Some of it may appear in the book, but a good deal doesn’t. This backstory is what makes our characters who they are today.

Dexter J Daley

All my main characters have backstories, though some have longer backstories than others. For example, from my THIRDS series, Dexter J. Daley’s backstory is far more detailed than a character like Lou, Dex’s ex-boyfriend. In fact, it’s probably more detailed than Calvin’s, because with Dex I also have a backstory for his parents, not just because they helped shape the kind of man Dex is, but because their story is linked to the series and plot.

Knowing where Dex came from, who raised him, how he was raised, the trials and tribulations he went through, helped me shape him into the man he is. Although Dex had a happy childhood both with his biological parents and then his adopted family, there’s still heartache there. Dex was five years old when his parents were killed, so he was old enough to remember, to feel the pain and confusion. The fact that they were killed in a shootout during date night at the movies, and the men never caught, is something he’s subconsciously never been able to move on from, despite acting otherwise.

After he was adopted by his dad’s best friend and detective partner, Dex was then given a baby brother who he’s fiercely protective over. The loss of his parents has deeply affected his protective streak, as well as his need to see justice done. Despite growing up in a law enforcement household, Dex’s drive to protect others, especially those he cares about, comes from the deep routed of pain of him not having been able to protect his parents.

In the books we get snippets from Dex’s life. We get to know bits and pieces from his childhood, from his life with his biological parents, and from his adopted family. We get little snippets about what his parents were like, how he gets his smile from his mother, his wacky sense of humor from his dad, his love of music from both. We also see how being adopted by a good man like Tony also played a huge part in the man Dex became. He did everything in his power to give Dex the best life he could. Tony—who’s also Dex’s sergeant at the THIRDS—raised Dex. He was there for the good and bad, through the awkward sex education course—there’s a pizza guy involved—through those tricky teenage years, the many, many times at the Principal’s office, through college, the break-ups, and everything that’s come after.

The people in Dex’s life also helped shape him into the man he is. Then there’s the part where Dex’s character must continue to grow. On my blog I have a THIRDS Thursdays, which is THIRDS flash fiction written to prompts submitted by readers. Thanks to THIRDS Thursdays, I’ve been able to share some of the characters’ backstories that doesn’t get to make it into the books. We get to see the characters during their childhood. Interactions with friends and family who are no longer around. We get to see scenes where love first bloomed, where characters first met, Dex with his parents, all scenes that would never make it into the series, and I absolutely love sharing them.

What do you think makes a good character? How much do you want to know about your favorite characters, inside their book and outside?


Meet Charlie Cochet

Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and boy, it’s hot! When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.





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  1. Thanks for the great post! I love THIRDS Thursdays for those glimpses into backstory that can't make it into the books. It's fun to learn more about favorite characters. amaquilante(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. Love the post. The Thirds series is one of my favorites, have read it multiple times already and waiting for the next.

  3. I absolutely loved a flawed character, as long as I can understand where he/she came from. So I need to have more than a little knowledge of his/her background. I'm delighted when an author is spoiling us with flash fictions and little stories from their book's universe. THIRDS Thursdays has became an inevitable part of my thursday's morning ritual! Thanks for this weekly gift to readers.
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  4. Guess the perfect character is made by the right amount of flaws and Benedikts. I always liked the Bad Boys with the soft Heart more then the completely good guys :-) email

    1. Congratualations Silke, you are our lucky winner of this week's monthly author column by Charlie Cochet. An email is on its way to you.

  5. Love the characters' Charlie has created! Love the Thirds series. Have read and listented to this series too many times to count!!! Can't wait for the next one!

  6. great post..thirds is a great series

  7. I have enjoyed characters in books where they've hardly been developed, but the series I enjoy the most are those with characters that continually have layers added story after story.

  8. I like characters who have flaws and quirks as well as strengths. And who seem "real" or "authentic." They also need to be relatable, at least a bit.

    And, I love learning about back stories. Thanks for all the extra goodies you give to us. :-)


  9. I like characters that are well rounded and have a sense of humor about them selves.

  10. Great post! I do not know what makes a good character, I know that I like my characters the more complex the better. I like to know as much as I can about them, about their pasts and how they think. Besides, if it is a series, I love to see snippets of what's going on in their lives after the book... When I love a character, I cannot get enough!

  11. Great post. And I like my characters to be real, with flaws that we all have.

  12. I think a great character is just interesting, has flaws but also has a good heart. I'm lazy so I would prefer to know everything about the characters in the book. Maybe put an asterisk next to a scene and there could be an expanded description of the story at the back of the book. Thanks for the chance!

  13. Thanks for the interesting post. I love believable characters with strengths and weaknesses--fully formed, fleshed-out.
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  14. I adore the way you flesh out your characters and THIRDS Thursday is one of my favourite things to read :D


  15. LOVED this post and enjoy learning the background of the characters I read about. I have really enjoyed this series. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.

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  16. I love to know everything about characters (background, motivations, feelings), especially those that are favorites. I love reading the THIRDS Thursday stories because I feel like reading even those snippets can show so much about a person's character. Thanks so much for having them.

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  17. I really enjoy knowing how characters became the way they are. I think having some of that back story and added info helps to relate to the characters better and it just makes them that much more believable. And once I fall for a character, I want to know every juicy bit of info I can on them!!

  18. I love you stories and think backstories are so important to develop a character and help a reader get to know the character and just get emotionally attached.

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  19. A great post thank you.


  20. Great post! I am a fan of your THIRDS series.
    I like characters that are not perfect (I can't remember a book with such character though), the more flaws he has, the more attractive and real it is, in my opinion.

  21. I love reading all the backstories of these characters! Great post.