Hello all! Thank you so much for joining me here at Sinfully for my monthly author column. As I was hanging out with an author pal, I was thinking about my post for this month, and what my topic should be. So I did what all authors do when in the company of their author friends. I turned to her and said, “what should I talk about?”
And of course it took her seconds to come up with something that would have taken me days. She said, “why don’t you talk about how the eighties influenced Dex’s character.” I thought about it for a second. I’d written posts on Dex’s eighties obsession before, but that’s not what she meant. She was talking about was how Dex would have been a completely different character had he been a nineties kid. It’s something that surprisingly hadn’t occurred to me. Dex is a child of the eighties. He references eighties movies, and the music he listens to is primarily from eighties. But it’s more than that.
You know how they say write what you know? Well, I know the eighties. So infusing that into Dex’s character didn’t involve research the way it would have had Dex been born in 1990 rather than 1980. But it wasn’t just the research that would have been involved. As a child of the eighties, I lived and breathed the music and movies of the time. The nostalgia is strong with this one. I’m still passionate about it. I still feel the music. So when Dex references a favorite movie, it’s more than just a reference. It’s a part of him, a part of his being. What I consider a certain innocence.
When I look at the movies of the eighties compared to the nineties, there’s a big difference in the themes, tones, and characters. Of course there are. It’s a decade later. Society has changed. If we look at some of the movie hits of the eighties we have Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, The Breakfast Club, Ghostbusters, Blade Runner, Aliens, etc. In the nineties we have Pulp Fiction, The Silence of the Lambs, The Matrix, Empire Records, Fight Club, Clueless, Jurassic Park, Time to Kill, Seven, etc. Then look at the music from the eighties compared to the nineties. Grunge was huge in the nineties. How would Dex’s personality change had he grown up listening to Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Boys 2 Men, or Bush?
What do you think Dex’s personality would be had he been born in the nineties rather than the eighties? Would he still be Dex? How Dexish would Dex be?
THIRDS Beyond the Books
Published: May 11, 2016
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Join us as we celebrate the THIRDS universe with this collection of flash fiction stories written to prompts submitted by fans. Sometimes we want to know more about our favorite characters. Where they came from, how they became who they are, their families, friendships, and past heartaches. These snippets of moments in time offer an inside look at the lives of our favorite THIRDS characters. Whether it’s first shifts, the forging of unbreakable bonds, or a night full of shenanigans, these stories are sure to enrich your THIRDS reading experience.
** All royalties earned from THIRDS Beyond the Books are being donated to Big Cat Rescue.
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 adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!
Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. 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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